Hibernal Musing by Laura Stringfellow

The winter trees reach their crooked boughs to the sky,

their meandering bones now unburdened by the weight

of summer's fleshy foliage. I envy their redundancy,


their ability to repeat themselves year after year

without hesitation or apology. They know nothing

of pandemics or polemics. Taking their time,


they shift effortlessly from death to life

to death again without anguish or complaint

and will bear the weight of tomorrow's snow 


better than we who feel the heaviness

of all things--the morning coffee cup

drawn from the cabinet, the antique desk,


the monochrome photograph in its gilded frame,

the masks and the distance we must keep--

wishing we could be like the winter trees


desiring their emptiness, their quiet

contentment, withstanding all things

without irritation or judgment, they endure,


each one waiting patiently with no lamentation

or bitterness, humbly offering up their limbs

to the world without expectation or sorrow.

Photo by Simon Berger on Pexels.com

About the Poet:

Laura Stringfellow (www.laurastringfellow.com) writes both verse and prose poetry, holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry, and hails from the muggy strangelands of the Southern U.S. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including Déraciné, Black Poppy Review, FERAL, and Coffin Bell.

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