Friday, March 29, 2013

Portrait Of Winter


November, we walked through corn
fields knotted with dry stalks and dust.
You threw flat stones
that sailed through the air
paper planes carried on wings
of sparrows in Autumn song.

You saved my poems on brown paper
for lyrics, pasted over blue
walls near Clemson's moon sketch.
A chime set of glass notes
twisted red in the afternoon breeze
reflecting music on my hands.

A spattering of snow
fell on your sagging barn,
skeleton of cardboard walls.
During winter the air has a song
of its own, you said, and called
out my name to hear it bounce
off hills, touch the moon

and fall back through naked trees
with sleeves of ice. In my hand
a sparrow's skull, paper thin.
I held it up, looked at the moon
through hollow sockets,
heard you calling my name.


No snow crusting Smith's pond
the sun's weary eye across the water
if I could touch its frozen lip
I'd feel the trees inside you
trembling before the first snow
wind tugging at the last, few leaves.

Once your house was thick with night
mattress pulled to the living room floor
your fingers on me like rain
swallowing the moon's perfect light

the distance I have wedged between us
highway markers falling past my rearview mirror
the road unfolds its dark fingers
from prayer, returning me home
to thoughts of you and the thin lines of love
found in the cusp of a broken moon.


  1. Stunning photography! And amazing prose to go with them.

  2. Thank you so much, Lanthie. Glad you liked it!

  3. Loved the poems and the wintry pictures fitted it nicely, especially the last picture of green trees covered in snow and the single light giving it a warmth glow. I could imagine myself in a dim lit log cabin, open fire warming my legs whilst reading this with a glass of brandy.

  4. Thanks Rum-Punch. Nice to see you visited us again. We thought this would be a good way to see the winter out. Love your descriptions, and an open fire sipping on a glass of brandy sounds like a fine idea! Cheers!

  5. So glad you liked it. A lot more where that came from!

  6. I have given you an awesome award -

    1. Thanks Lanthie, It is an AWESOME award. Quite an honor! :)

  7. I love the way the words are woven with the pictures. I feel it all.

    1. I'm so happy to hear that! I agree--the pictures were matched perfectly with the poetry--it accomplished exactly what we wanted---to make you feel as if you are there, living in the moment!

  8. Beautifully written and perfectly matched with the photos. I have loved everything that I have read and seen on your site.
    Just stopping by from the More than Mommies Mixer to say "HI"
    Following everywhere Dusty Katt

    1. That is wonderful and we are so happy to have you here! we'll be sure to check out your site as well and follow back. Thank you!

  9. LOVE your photography, especially the first and last pictures. I wish that I had such talent. I know the pictures I want to take but they just don't come out quite right.

    I'm a new follower of yours on BlogLovin. Would love it if you linked up to my weekly BlogLovin Hop at Journeys of The Zoo (

    Looking forward to connecting further.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

    1. Thank you so much! We enjoy being able to express ourselves through poetry and photography as a unified art form. And we'll be sure to check out your blog hop!