SOL 17: After the Rain

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

At the beginning of the month, I quoted this line from The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill:

“Every day I find something shiny in the rubble.”

It has been a real challenge for me to find something shiny today. But I kept looking and finally found this.

Stubborn snow drifts,
pitted and dirty,
hug the edge of the woods.
Rain pours from gray skies,
unable to shake
the last curling leaves
clinging to oak trees.
Everything is brown.


Something is stirring.
The forsythia wears
a faint golden crown.
Lilac buds grow fat
as a line of pink clouds peeks
out of the gloom at dusk.

© Catherine Flynn, 2017

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8 thoughts on “SOL 17: After the Rain

  1. I really, really, really am so ready for spring. I think it is about 3 weeks late this year. I like your poem! I can so see those “Stubborn snow drifts, pitted and dirty,” … nothing uglier.

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  2. You are bemoaning that slush and rain. I’ve been there when I lived in Missouri. But we had a gray and rainy day today, more to come, and are celebrating. Different strokes. . . Yes, the forsythia is here, always a brightness of hope!

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  3. I agree that the single “But” was very powerful and turned the mood toward a tentative, delicate optimism. I’m glad you found something “shiny in the rubble” and even more glad that you crafted such a lovely poem to share. I’m looking forward to swelling lilac buds and forsythia’s “golden crown.”

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  4. Especially loved this one, Honey! Hope you were just down because of the gloomy day and that there’s not something else going on. Keep in touch, OK? love you

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  5. Oh I love that “faint gold crown”! Thank you for reminding me to look out for the glimmer! We sure could use some of that slush here in Central Florida. Our drought seems to have extended the browns of February. Spring blossoms to you soon!

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