“First Snow”, from ‘White Cranes of Heaven’

My beautiful picture

Clach Mhullinn....home

Clach Mhullinn….home


The morning brought a first snow,

And with it wind over the mountain.

I watched snow turn to ice,

Invisible sleet hit the panes a’ hissin’.

Soon a crystal coat on tender branches—

Invisible hands pulling to earth,

Anchoring them fast.

I depend upon the silence

Creating a space to remember,

Solitude, too, now to be shared

Only with ghosts,

Or perhaps a cat or two.

Inside the comfort of crackling of wood,

Well seasoned of last year’s axe,

The sweet, sharp tang of pine and oak,

The groan of a log shifting its failing weight.

I remember your boot kicking it back off the hearth,

Sparks flaring upward,

Stars enfolded by a blazing sun.

Outside the pelting sting on windows,

The howl of winter racing round eaves

Looking for attic-access between clapboards,

A hambone skeleton dance to

Shake its palsied bones warm.

Soon  fading light at twilight

Suspends the day

In a cocoon of white, unfocused mystery.

The night brings a muffled benediction

Over the land,

And memory is put aside for the morrow.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010-2014, published by Lulu.com, 2011, as “White Cranes”

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4 Responses to ““First Snow”, from ‘White Cranes of Heaven’”

  1. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    How beautiful, Jane. I especially love that 2nd stanza…only, if you don’t mind–dogs. I’m allergic to cats. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Victoria! Merry Christmas! I’m willing to sub a dog for a cat just for you! LOL!

    Thank you for reading and your comment, Victoria. So glad you stopped by.



  3. Caliban's Sister Says:

    love love love this. xoxoxoxoxox. CS


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, CS…..Love back!

    Jane xoxo


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