‘A Most Fickle Season’



That too-fickle season

Has thrown off Joseph’s coat

And turned to Winter.

Gone the leaves,

Brilliant matinees of airborne jewels

Illuminated in prismatic splendor

By the sun piercing a brittle blue sky–

Replaced  with blackened limbs

Stretching naked arms towards a glowering sky.

This season of alms and hunger has begun.

Gone the pelting rains

Which poured down window panes

Like crinkled crepe paper

Distorting the view of the shearing outside.

Gone, too, are the golden sunsets

Where a beam of light transposes

Distant trees, paints the belly of clouds.

The leaves and color are gone

And that is as it should be.

What is now outside

Hints at what is beginning inside–

The long passage through a muted season.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2011,  from “White Cranes of Heaven”, published by Lulu.com, 2011


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26 Responses to “‘A Most Fickle Season’”

  1. katiewritesagain Says:

    As usual, your imagery is a painting as well as a poem. I love Autumn but Winter has its own stark and unrelenting beauty. The picture you posted with the poem illustrates what you’ve written brilliantly.

    Hope all is well in your house and your holidays are joyful


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Katie!

    Thank you, sweetie! Last night a young man I have known since he was 6….brought over his notebook of poems for me to critique. I love this young fellow, and he is extremely sensitive and draws beautifully. Unfortunate his father is of a extreme religion and has forbidden any art supplies to come into his home. This young man moved out 3 years ago, and is just reclaiming his artistic side. He’s 26 and wanting to be a poet. He could make it.

    I tried to talk with him about ‘constructing’ poetry and realized that it’s damn hard to explain. So, in talking with him about a few of my own poems I realized things I had not seen….and why they were ‘poems’….or how they developed into poetry. I think careful choice of words is part of trying to ‘paint’ a poem….but Nature makes me tick with the poetry thing…LOL!

    Thank you, dear friend. I hope your holidays will be Joyful as are you!


  3. Heaven Says:

    Beautifully writtten….I love the capture of the “muted” season ~


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks, Heaven…I love Winter with all its stillness and silence.

    Lady Nyo


  5. The Gooseberry Garden Says:

    beautiful capture of the shift of the seasons.

    love the winter shot on top.

    Happy Holidays.


  6. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! For reading and your comment.

    Happy Holidays!

    Lady Nyo


  7. Liras Says:

    Pretty pictures, Lady Nyo. Even prettier words!


  8. brian miller Says:

    what a difficult season this can be for many…in a season of getting the great disparity can be seen as alluded to in your season of alms…i wish we got some snow honestly…puring rain so everything is just damp…maybe that is my inner season as well..smiles..


  9. Dulce Says:

    WOW— Love the contrast of the seasons you get both thru your words and the pic as well

    Happy New Year Lady!


  10. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Dulce…for reading and your lovely comment.

    Happy New Year to you!

    Lady Nyo


  11. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Brian, you got it…it’s a season that is difficult for many for many reasons. For us, our small family, it has been for decades. And with the human condition and the animal kingdom….it can and usually is…in reality….the season of a difficult survival.

    Yesp, damp here too….constant rain.

    Thank you, Brian for reading and your always succinct comments.

    Lady Nyo


  12. ladynyo Says:

    hey Liras,

    Thank you! And Happy New Year to you!

    Lady Nyo


  13. hedgewitch Says:

    Lovely analogies and images all through this one, Jane. I’m really struck by the picture of rain onthe windows like crinkled crepe paper…the first and last stanzas tie everything together perfectly. May you enjoy this fallow, quiet time, and have the best of New Years.


  14. Steve Elsaesser Says:

    Lady NYO!
    Too many words of praise I’ve not yet discovered–to treat your amazing work justly. You KNOW I love your writings. ‘Winter’ (which I have not experienced for 47 years) is captured, illustrated, depicted beautifully–almost making me want to visit it one ‘last’ time–grin!

    Your excellence (“This season of alms and hunger has begun.”) birthed this thought: Hunger knows no season. I wonder that Alms might favor winter? Well, clothing and shelter are certainly more in demand. However, I keep going back to that ‘hunger’ thing–here, there, and everywhere!

    Pardon me for lingering on that topic during a winter-time of warmth, good cheer, and happiness for most Peeps…and for you also, my wish!

    OH! I LOVE Autumn’s ‘fickleness’…Yeahhh!
    PEACE, Girl!


  15. poemblaze Says:

    i love the Joseph’s coat of many colors reference. Fine poem.


  16. Laura Hegfield Says:

    Wonderful Jane…I love the line about throwing off Joseph’s coat! Happy New Year! Don’t forget to drop by my blog on the 31st to read the gratitude quilt:-)


  17. claudia Says:

    love this..the hinting at what is beginning..the preparing for the future, for spring, for life again in the dead.. also love that you include Joseph’s coat – joseph the dreamer – fits so well with the falling leaves of autumn..


  18. marousia Says:

    Oh, I adore autumn – and it is always over too soon – I think autumn embodies the transience of life – wishing you a very Happy New year


  19. ladynyo Says:

    Hello Marousia!

    so good to hear from you. Thank you for reading and your comment

    Lady Nyo


  20. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Claudia for reading and your insightful comment.

    Lady Nyo


  21. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Laura…

    I will. Thank you for reading and your comment.

    Lady Nyo


  22. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, poemblaze…for reading and your comment.

    Lady Nyo


  23. ladynyo Says:

    Hello Steve!

    I love your enthusiasm…!!!

    Thanks for reading and your comment!


    Lady Nyo


  24. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Hedgewitch!

    Yes, I like that crepe paper reference….lol!

    You, too…enjoy this season of stillness and silence coming upon us.

    Thank you for reading and your insightful comment.

    Happy New Year!

    Lady Nyo


  25. Shashi (@VerseEveryDay) Says:

    Perfect picturisation of the season… lovely.. and the ending was beautiful I enjoyed it so much…

    Thanks for sharing… and wish you a great year ahead…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    At Twitter @VerseEveryDay


  26. ladynyo Says:

    And to you, Shashi.

    Happy New Year!

    Lady Nyo


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