Poem: Reflections from a James Bay Window in Winter

Poem: Reflections from a James Bay Window in Winter

  Photo by Paul JS Beaubien

Photo by Paul JS Beaubien

This is the fourth season, rounding the year,
Trees bared to skeletal truths
Except for the cedar of Lebanon
Whose evergreen fingers dance whenever the winds play for them.

The grass, delicate with rime in the star-frost morning,
Looks pinched and old
Under the cloud-wash of the lengthening day.
Tight-matted, the cliff woodlands
Hug their wintry secrets and enfold their own
Against the sea-whipped winds.

Let them rest awhile
That Spring's burgeoning be more beautiful.
Then, butterfly blossoms shroud the cherry boughs
As wakening maples, tassels all a'blow
Entice the questing bee.
The headlands, challenging blue intensities of sea and sky
Mirror them with camas.
Woodland choirs, urgent with song,
Enchant their lady loves, and us as well.

But the cedar of Lebanon
Whose evergreen fingers dance whenever the winds play with them
Looks just the same.

Spring steps into Summer with an offering of hedge roses,
Their perfumed breath caught in windbreaks
Rivalling the salt tang.
Blue fire of camas fades under the sun's scorch
To stubble gold.
In the woodlands
The nestlings' needs have stilled parental song
Save for the sweet shrill of a red-winged sentinel.
Beyond, sad sails lie limpid on the tranquil sea.

Only the cedar of Lebanon
Whose evergreen fingers dance whenever the winds play in them
Stands unchanged by the summer sun.

Not for such the maples' alchemy
Of flowers to wing'ed seeds
Racing their curling leaves to the waiting earth
There to whirl to the tune of piper winds
Till the last of the sweeping is done.
On the headlands, summer's sweet legacy laces the thornbush,
Poplars blaze trembling glory to the sunset,
Snowy white horses stride in from the sea
And the turn of the year is come.

Only the cedar of Lebanon
Whose evergreen fingers dance at the whim of the wind
Unchanging stands.

By Janna

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