Thursday, December 15, 2011

stand tall and reserve your sap

I caught this sunrise over Owasso Lake early last month. The lake was covered with snow and likely slowly freezing underneath. In December the lake still hasn't completely frozen, much to the dismay of the ice fishermen. The trees are now completely bare, all the better to hear the message below:

Message on the Winter Air

Long shadows on blue snow
Warm sun stepping around trees
Life’s mysterious light and dark.

Trees standing tall
Uncovered faces in the wind
Snow collecting in the cleft of boughs
Sap deeply stored.

Feetless birds, round as tennis balls
Perched facing the warming sun
Random song--

Reassuring their own kind
Reaching limb to limb,
Barren bark remembers melting snow
Turns to buds in spring.

Stand tall, reserve sap,
Accept visitors,
Wrap the bird song like a scarf .

See more unique sky views @ Skywatch Friday.


Gary said...

All the snow is gone up here!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pic!

Anonymous said...

beautiful shot. looks cold.

Andrew said...

So lovely to see...

LauraX said...

Beautiful!!! Enjoy the weekend's skies, blue, grey, or filled with a pallet of many colors!

chubskulit said...

Absolutely beautiful!

My skywatch. Happy Holidays!

Ms. Becky said...

I'm so happy you shared the verse.

"Stand tall, reserve sap,
Accept visitors,
Wrap the bird song like a scarf."

you write beautifully Noni. that's perfect. and the skies are glorious too. I'm still awaiting our first snowfall and I'm not happy about that! happy weekend to you.

Cloudia said...

I hear the glorious north in your words and see it in your images!

Aloha from Honolulu
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Donna said...

Wow Noni....Beautiful shot!

Christy Woolum said...

I agree... beautiful shot. Is this an original poem? I love the images.