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.

POETIC PROSEDY

I’m in a real live book!

Well, not ME, exactly. My poems! Which is MUCH better!

If there’s one thing a writer wants with all of their little writing heart, it’s to be PUBLISHED…newspapers, magazines, journals, books, online….but the very bestest thing of all is a BOOK (the more books the better).

And I’m (the poems) are in THIS one!

A Tarnished Silver Locket

Dining in Sin

Husband , You Sleep

Press Release. A lovely write up.

The Poetic Bond, Volume X, (an anthology), compiled by Trevor Maynard, Willow Tree Books, 2020.

The poets and poems in this edition are nothing to sneeze at. These are the Professional’s PROFESSIONALS, so I am very HONORED to be listed among THEM. I’ve read many of their pieces in the professional LinkedIn Poets group I was in with them. These people are TALENTED writers, and KNOW their craft. This group features members who are established in the industry: writers, poets, editors, publishers.

This impressive collection is ranked #114 in the Poetry section on Amazon. Not bad!

Pick up a copy for $14.99 on Amazon. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

And if you do, please don’t forget to leave a review. Reviews are the lifeblood of books in today’s publishing scene.

TIGER LILIES

Sherry West, Sherry West Art@2019

A black-orange stripey head 

Is peeking out at me

From that tiger lily –

What do you think I see?

Each lovely curly petal 

Is a tuft of hair

Framing a little face

From which he does stare.

A cheerful tiny tiger

Perched upon a stem –

It’s not just one little fella –

It’s a whole patch of them!

*The Little Fairy is available in my Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherryWestArt/

Have A Duck y St. Patrick’s Day!

Bunnies love clover!

We live in a big old fixer-upper house on a hill by a river, with a large yard chock full of clover. Darling wild little cotton-tail bunnies hop and rabbit-trail all over the yard in search of dainty morsels that spring from the grass each morning.

Their white cottony little fluff-ball tails bob up and down as they hop to and fro across the yard. The kids and I all yell “Bunnies!!!” if one of us sees one so we can run to the window to watch them.

They are wild bunnies, so they are woodsy-colored with their variegated brown and gray coats, but their tummies and tails are creamy white and as just as cute as they can possibly be.

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Always on the lookout while they eat, they sometimes sit straight up with their ears tall and erect, barely moving.

We had the great good fortune to take care of a baby bunny that our cats were about to have for their supper. We tried to leave it underneath the bush where the mother bunny had left it, but the cats always watched us. For the safety of the baby, we brought it indoors and raised it. In the springtime, it was large enough to release outdoors safely.

We were all very sad to see our little bunny go, but that was where he belonged, and we were glad we could help him get through the winter.

Every now and then, we drive into town in the evening. When we return home and go up the drive, bunnies invariably dash out of the bushes up the long drive-way, scattering in all directions, with their little white tails bobbing up and down in the headlights. We yell “runny bunny!,” and everyone gets terribly excited, adults included.

Since we live out in the outer areas of a small farm town, our place is surrounded by fields of corn, hay and soy beans – a bunny haven. This is what we have fondly (although unofficially) renamed our home – “Bunny Haven.” And, it really is.

Bunnies    

                  Sherry West                  

Morning dawns for the clear fresh day –

Drowsy bunnies dart out to play.

Mama nibbles in a clover bay;

Cotton-tail nestlings, so blithe and gay,

Tag one another, then dash away.

Afternoon sun in bright array –

In quiet, cool burrows they placidly lay.

Evening’s pale moon draws near to stay –

Joyous little bunnies

Caper, leap, frolicking, play.

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(This is a set of five images which is currently sold in my Etsy shop SherryWestArt https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherryWestArt , which is wonderful for creating greeting cards, ecards, scrapbooking, adult coloring and many other papercrafting activities.

These images were created digitally using my Ipad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Procreate, and are suitable for high-quality printing.)