Posts Tagged ‘lyrical verse’


October 12, 2010



"Winter Birds", jane kohut-bartels, watercolor, 2005'

This poem was stolen by a website this summer.  I say stolen because no permission was asked and no permission was given to link this to their site. Had the linker asked,  I certainly would have given permission. There have been hundreds of readers of this poem from that site,  sometimes this amount daily, but they apparently don’t think.  I have no idea where this was placed, but I wish people would have some integrity.  Perhaps this  isn’t possible on the internet. This poem will be included in the soon-to-be-published, “White Cranes of Heaven”.

Lady Nyo


Dark mysterious season,

when the light doesn’t

quite reach the ground,

the trees shadow puppets

moving against the gray of day.

I think over the past year

praying there has been

a kindling in my soul,

the heart opened, warmed

and the juiciness of life is more

than in the loins–

a stream of forgiveness

slow flowing through the tough fiber

not stopper’d with an underlying bitterness

but softened with compassion.

This season of constrictions,

unusual emptiness,

brittle like dried twigs

desiccated by hoar frost

just to be endured.

I wrap myself in wool

and watch the migrations–

first tender song birds

harkening back to summer,

then Sandhill cranes,

legs thin banners

streaming behind white bodies,

lost against a snowy sky.

They lift off to a middling cosmos,

while I, earth-bound,

can only flap the wings of my shawl,

poor plumage for such a flight,

and wonder about my destination.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010

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