COLORS OF SNOW

Cherry Blossoms, Sherry West Art, 2019

COLORS OF SNOW

The bends of the road I drive flow past the places encased in snow…….

I. GREEN

Parchment paper pale

White on verdant green

The cold blanket dims vibrant colors

Encasing bright Spring noise in a quiet new world

Everything is hushed

And everyone sleeps

II. SCARLETT

A brief

explosion of red –

Fiery wings quickly blur –

The scarlett cardinal

Touches a China white blanket

Of Spring snow –

Then darts away

III. BLACK

Old, patched with new metal

Cobbling together bits and pieces from the century past

This red barn stands

Out in alone in the middle of the white cold sea

The cows, together,

Slowly, ponderously move

In the rhythm of the waves

Heavy ships on an unexpected ocean

Of an icy storm

IV. BLUE

Mirrored,

Greyed layered clouds

Piled high in frothy mounds

Flow over the surface of the small pond.

Inky black coots

Yellow beaks open,

Call across the waters

As the mist serenely rises

V. YELLOW

Clinging tightly to the feathered tip

Of the dry slender stalk of last year’s yellow cattail

A glossy redwing blackbird

Greets the morning

In joy

VI. RUST

Solitary,

her mate lies beneath the green lands now white

Her strong chestnut haunches flex

As she shakes her mane

She forages,

Tender new shoots delicately exposed

With the brush of her warm nose

Or strong hoof

Pushing aside the cold white

VII. FUSCHIA

Heavy hang the pink-purple boughs

Of cherried flowers

Beneath their white coat

Who protect the remaining place of verdant green

Beneath their leaning limbs

While bees and butterflies

Remain unseen

VIII. GREY

Hushed now

Diamond grey doves

Together warmly in their entwined nest

gently sigh and sleep

IX. WHITE

And I am home –

By my fireplace warm

And outside

The world is white.

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