unexpected, scheduled visitor – solc2018#24

here you are again –

consistently regular,

but yet still unexpected

we’ve been lulled into thinking

that the recent change is complete


so you surprise us –

riding in on the wind and rain

bringing cold and snow as you come,

reminding us of your last name


tomorrow will be sparkling

like ice drops and diamonds

shimmering in the cold


and the purple-y pinkish mauve,

the magenta plum you are named for,

shows best and most strikingly

against a backdrop of evergreen


your stay is brief

but we will remember you

until you take us by surprise

again next year


redbud winter


5 thoughts on “unexpected, scheduled visitor – solc2018#24

  1. bjdonaldson says:

    Your language is so beautiful. This is one of my favorite phrases, “…tomorrow will be sparkling like ice drops and diamonds…”

    I miss the redbud trees here in Wisconsin. It just is too cold! Thank you for sharing your poem and your photograph.

  2. That is one beautiful tree. Nice poem.

  3. I love redbuds and enjoyed your poem!
    The phrase “unexpected, scheduled visitor” is a great one.

  4. Natasha says:

    I didn’t know the term “redbud winter”, but it’s perfect. I am happy to have learned something new! I especially loved the line, “tomorrow will be sparkling/like ice drops and diamonds”. It’s such a vivid description!

  5. Ameliasb says:

    I was reading and wondering “what is she writing about?” I was challenging myself – how am I being lulled… This was a fun poem to go back and read again after I had the answer.

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