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Winter’s Hope

Winter’s Hope


Looking out across winter fields

I stand in their soft holdings of water

Ivy no longer wanders over the river wall


A quiver overtakes the landscape

Strangely tender in this cold hard plenitude

White petals fall awhile — an elaborate coverlet


Sunlight gleams from its glassless frame

An eagle flings its shadow across the sky

Gathering height where the beat widens


You took it all, even the empty dream

I sought comfort in the graves we made

And just when I thought I’d given you up


Hope’s sweet oil seeps into my flesh

A few drops on my brow, my wrist

I cup them like a warm breath; for days —


Acceptance as something chosen

Mother and daughter become one

White candle burning next to white candle


Your mind and mine go back through the years

Searching that lost child, and finding her here

The circle opens — closing where our joined hands meet


© Selena Howard December3, 2011

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie Catherine permalink
    January 12, 2012 11:21 pm

    Lena, there is a quiet strength that emanates from this beautifully written poem; the coming together in full circle of more than one generation of mother and daughter. I absolutely love the line, “Hope’s sweet oil seeps into my flesh” – such a gentle yet powerful statement. You have some lovely metaphors and phrasing, and the imagery is exquisite. So well done, I love this. ♥

  2. January 14, 2012 9:27 am

    Thank you Julie I treasure your comments and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this xx♥

  3. Caddo Veil permalink
    March 30, 2012 1:32 am

    Wow, wow and wow, Lena. This is beautiful–no, elegant. And I feel just the tiniest bit of envy–but it will go away– poof! God bless you abundantly. love, sis Caddo

    • March 30, 2012 8:05 am

      Dear sis Caddo thank you so much. This is not yet a reality ,the full circle but the hope is there~Love sis Lena

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