Winter Outerwear

the forest
wears a brocade cape
of leaves and fruit and vines

More Precious For The Wear


even as life
takes from us
our beauty remains

Fallen Maple


we will remember
her sweetness
when she warms us
this winter

Sugar Wood


stacked last July
in hopes and preparation
for this year’s syrup making

We Don’t Let The Weather Slow Us Down


generations
of tractor seats
adorn the family barn

Decay’s Bouquet


stump blooms
a wood rose
flowering of fungi

Reminiscences


hollow in the old tree
holding memories
of yesterdays

Oh Tannenbaum


nearly tall enough
to be topped by
a real star

Fleeting Forever


kindling beauty
the birch branch pile
nature’s ephemeral immortality

Oxblood Clapboard

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use it up
wear it out
make it do
or do without

The Life of Healing

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near the heart
remains evidence
of a dark jagged year
that had to be grown around

Knock, knock

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knocking on wood
his volume belies
his diminutive size