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  Amid Winter (re-post)
by Janet P Caldwell
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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From '5 Degees to Separation'
©2004 Michael Hobbs Photo
Used With Permission.

The trees, hoary and skeleton like
Sorrowful, reaching
Soulful and green less
Awaiting a glimpse of life

How do you breathe without
Your leaves? I can almost see
You gasp and spasm within
Your brittle, gray bark

Resembling the aged
An outline just able
To hold the veins, itís own
Life force through the driving rain

Do you feel the biting wind,
The stinging sleet? You must know
That your lifeís fluid is congealed
And thick, practically still

Itís so cold the moisture arises
From the streets and descends from the sky
Like shadowy figures
Rising and falling to greet the trees

Do you curse the water, that liquid
Of life, now solid and deadly?
I see it punishes and
Erodes, where once it flowed

The nearly dead branches
Still reach for the sky, and
Ask the question; is it my time to die?
Will I survive another frost?

Do you welcome this
cryogenic rest? I wonder
At what holds you upright
In mute defiance

With veins and hardly a frame
The sun peeks through
Melting the snow, giving life again
A green leaf has emerged

Tell me how you do it. How
Do I survive my own
Winter, greet the spring
with new growth? How?

©2002-2008 Janet Caldwell

©2004 Michael Hobbs Photo

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/3/2008

Powerfully penned, wonderfully imaged: all in all, a terrific poem. :) Thought provoking, to be sure--well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by John Mayer 2/22/2005
Very profound poetry Janet. We all have the capacity to live like great trees envied by the winds of winter. The spirit of survival is sleeping inside every branch and only needs the sun to awaken.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/2/2005
as always, I enjoy our work
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 12/28/2004
Powerful and beautiful verse~*
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/14/2004
Your beautiful imagery enhances the meaning of your verses, Janet. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 12/12/2004
Great words creating great imagery. Very enjoyable read! ~Z~
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 12/10/2004
An exceptionally good poem. One to read many times, and each time with delight. Thank you for this fine experience.
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 12/10/2004
This is elegance in nature and words, wonderful.
Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader) 12/9/2004
Really good questions and well said, as usual. Maybe a little extra sunshine in our life would help.

Bob H
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/9/2004
Haunting questions in a remarkable write!
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/9/2004
Superb, Janet! Just damned good poetry.
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 12/9/2004
OKOK sweets, you have been reading my mind. Actually I don't feel that bad, I just need some time within myself. Pretty soon the sap - and the jokes - will start to flow again.
BTW loved the poem. If you are getting back into it, don't be pushed into doing too much. You will only burn out again.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/9/2004
Outstanding read Janet!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 12/9/2004
Great imagery.
Reviewed by Mary Quire 12/9/2004
This is so beautiful. I am lost for words.

Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 12/9/2004
Janet, your verses forever speak in great volumns. Always in depths one has to reach for, but then savor for all times.
Wonderful work.
Happy Holidays.

Reviewed by jude forese 12/8/2004
enjoyed reading it you book as well as now ...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/8/2004
As I believe you do write so well, this one is scary and awe inspiring both at the same time...Ed
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 12/8/2004
I Only Curse Those Who Curse (Harm) Me,
I Even Have Chant To Read From Bible,See,
El Presidente Bush,El Gov Schwarz,Alcalde Hahn_

(God) Holds Them (All) You Liable For You,Me, Our Starving, Molested Raped,Maimed,Killed Little Children!

Excellent Inspiring Write!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/8/2004
Janet one of your gems. A treasure and pleasure to read!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!;-)Love, Eileen
Reviewed by Lori Moore 12/8/2004
This is an awesome write. Thanks for sharing.

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