Earth Tones

Creekbed and bare trees with a smidge of green

Creeks sing to wake the frogs.
New leaves whisper, waking the wind.
Old, crooked trees have their own
music, a quiet unfurling of
wandering woodland notes.
Raspberry canes taunt birds
with fruit not even flowered.
Earth tones of burnished brown are
dotted with last year’s leaves
and hobbled by winter-white grasses.
The see-saw of spring thaw
has tilted toward warm.
Black clouds spin this way.
The first pitter-patter of fat drops
beats a wildwood refrain until
all the world is embraced,
interlaced with new water,
washed clean and sung into spring.

Copyright 2016 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: Happy National Poetry Month! For those of you on twitter, I’ve been tweeting a haiku a day, inspired by Donna Smith’s collection of license plates (#imagepoems). I won’t be putting those on my blog. My twitter handle is @BrendaDHarsham. Those count toward the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. Today is J-Day (we take Sundays off). I’m also writing a poem a day for NaPoWriMo.

I hope you’re feeling inspired. Have a great week! Warmly, Brenda

18 thoughts on “Earth Tones

  1. I like how you list the frog and birds. The raspberry stalks are a part of your woods; but we have blackberry and black raspberry plants. The woods in my area are more green, since we are warmer and South of you. The beat of the rain creating a refrain touching the world was simply lovely, Brenda. Hope the beginnings are enough to fill your heart with hope. Spring is coming! 🙂

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