copper leaf & cherry pie

There is so much more to winter than being cold.

I chime this frequently, especially while scrolling through spring Northern Hemisphere blogs juicy with sunhats and strawberries.


Of course, then I have to go hunting for evidence to fully convince myself of this fact.

Exploring until there is a glimpse of something wondrous,

The optimist in me waggles a tongue in the mirror at pessimism,

And we push behind the fur coats of the shutter,

Both of me, the artist and the realist.

Holding hands, we walk through the back of the wardrobe,

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Which ripens to an afternoon of Autumn sky,

Disney blue,

With half an icy orb, out early to play games with the sun.

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And we can’t take our eyes off these fuzzy rainbows.

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Nor can we stop stroking the new swathe of cherry wool wound around us.

It matches our nail-polish,

An unintended outcome that brings ridiculous satisfaction.

(As does wearing boots, today the first time in WEEKS)

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We watch this Leaf Sprite from the Winter Garden love-seat,

The artist and I,

Arms linked and feet swinging in easiness,

Underneath the walnut tree.

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She larks about the copper crispness,

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With pieces of the sky caught in her eyes,

And we are smitten, in this breathtaking dazzle of light.

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Such festive energy these sturdy legs contain,

such relentless delight,

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that while we admire the bare bark fingers of lacy shadow-play upon the fence,

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the Sprite begins to spice things up,

climbs a miniature lemon tree

and pretends to be a Super-Hero.

She doesn’t realise she will never need to act.

She is one of three already.

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Finally we brush the leaf crumbs from our hair,

Stamp the gold-dust from our soles,

Push back to where the lens lies blind

To place another log upon the open fire

and pour a cup of Kenya tea.

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Aaaaahhhh, Winter.

So it is true.

There is much more than more,

For there is love to see.


tuesdays unwrapped at cats

Kelly Langner Sauer  – (May 26, 2010 at 12:17 AM)  

I LOVE that first shot... awwwhhhh - I so want to be there!

I love your new look, too!

Cassandra Frear  – (May 26, 2010 at 1:53 AM)  

Your daughter is sooo beautiful. Like something from a fairy tale. And those eyes -- straight from your poet's soul.

Ah, the things God can make with a little dust!

I pray and hope you are feeling a little better each day.

Today, I put up a post on how to beat the blah's -- learned it the hard way. You will understand it and nod your head, I'm sure.

Widge  – (May 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM)  

Just beautiful. all of it. I love those fuzzy rainbows

Simoney  – (May 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM)  

This is one of those posts that makes you take a deep breath in.... and out again... ahhhhh!

So beautiful, words and pictures.

Lovely to see you creating again :)

Anonymous –   – (May 27, 2010 at 3:28 AM)  

Beautiful post. Thank you. Loved these two lines:

Holding hands, we walk through the back of the wardrobe,

Emerging into the stunning dragon-breath of a morning,

Thank you for sharing with us.

Sharon  – (May 27, 2010 at 7:57 AM)  

i love the fuzzy rainbows.

patty  – (May 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM)
i just LOVED this post. really, loved it!
your song of words, your BEAUTIFUL photography, and do tell! what beautiful part of the world are you from? i'm a new fan...
visiting from chattingatthesky...

Sam Van Eman  – (May 29, 2010 at 12:21 AM)  

Amy, I used your strawberry plant photo today at High Calling Blogs. Claire Burge recommended it to me, and it quickly fascinated me. One of my favorites in a long time.

Thank you!

Sj  – (May 29, 2010 at 11:33 PM)  

hey ames
adoring the love captured here, you are so right in what you write!
loving the thought of seeing you soon, for sure and definate, i'll text to make plans!
love u

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