"Message on the Winter Air"

Long shadows on blue snow

Warm sun stepping around trees

Life’s mysterious light and dark.


Trees standing tall

Uncovered faces in the wind

Snow collecting in the cleft of boughs

Sap deeply stored 


Feetless birds, round as tennis balls

Perched facing the warming sun

Random song


Reassuring their own kind

Reaching limb to limb,

Barren bark remembers melting snow

Turns to buds in spring.

Stand tall, reserve sap

Accept visitors

Wrap the bird song like a scarf


by Mary Ann E. Adams

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