Rose Petals

Rose petals fall,
new buds unfurl,
summer beauty continues.


Almost, but not quite;
Magnolia buds waiting to burst
when the time is right.

Winter Trees

“A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches.
Having thus prepared their buds against a sure winter
the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold.”

This quotation is from ‘Winter Trees’ by William Carlos Williams


Against a backcloth of white cherry blossom,
buds appear on the crab-apple tree
like clusters of bright red beads adorning
a modest maiden’s ball gown.


Magnificent magnolia blossom
bursts from velvet buds
in a profusion of delicious creamy pink.

Winter Begins

Winter begins and yet
on my neighbour’s Magnolia
the first signs of velvet-coated buds
promising Spring will follow.


Winter retreats.
Through the darkness
new growth bursts announcing
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Based on the Dutch 11 word Elfje.
Here’s another:
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yellow buds,
heralds of Spring.
Blazing trumpets sound unheard.

A big thank you to Jules who blogs here for introducing me to this form. I have some way to go yet to emulate her wonderful Elfje poems.


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