Jingle’s Poetry Potluck–“Sierra Winter”

Highway 50 entering Lake Tahoe

Image via Wikipedia

Submitted to Jingle’s Poetry Potluck:

http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/  Check out this site to read some incredible poetry based on this week’s theme of Nature.


Sierra Winter

An artist plunges a flat
brush in water,
adds a dab of
titanium white,
slathers broad strokes of
wash across winter.

Fields of pouty
Douglas firs
draped in ermine
act bored,
run fingers through
vanilla icing that drips from

chocolate outcrops of granite.
Branches, weary
under a fresh load of snow,
point black fingers upward,
waggle crone-like digits,
shake off age.

Dowager trees,
stooped and brittle,
bend to kiss earth.

Photo: V. Ceretto-Slotto

I am blessed to live in the backyard of the Eastern Sierra’s, about 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Weather is unpredictable here in Reno. This year, winter came early and temperatures have been as low as 3 degrees Farenheit (-16 degrees Centigrade) at our home in the early morning hours. The photo in this post is a part of the view from our home.


44 thoughts on “Jingle’s Poetry Potluck–“Sierra Winter”

  1. Beautiful poem, Victoria. I know just where you are and you’ve captured it well. Happy potluck! 🙂


  2. Jingles says:

    I can’t define my feelings in more better way after reading this poem. I have only two words to define it. The most beautiful pics and awesome poetry.


  3. Chamz says:

    Nice entry dear. Keep it up! 🙂


  4. I love the fir trees acting bored! I actually saw forests of trees rolling there eyes! I know…trees dont have eyes, but your words brought them sight!

    That area is stunning! My cousin lives in Tahoe and I just miss being surrounded by such natural beauty and energy. It really comes alive!…like this poem

    Thanks for checking out my lil haiku this week!

    rest easy Victoria



  5. signed .............bkm says:

    Wow Victoria you have described them to a tee…I live in the Sacramento valley and can see them from the other side….they are so beautiful just as you penned here in this wonderful poem….bkm


  6. Love the fields of firs acting bored. Excellent!


  7. Kavita says:

    That was a beautiful poem, and one of the finest tributes to Winter! Your words have done justice to the amazing scene captured in the photograph here…
    Gosh…it’s really stunning!!
    And the analogy is simply mind blowing, Victoria… this artist’s art is out of this world!!!!
    A very happy winter to you, my dear..


  8. Teresa says:

    Beautiful scenery, and you have a great poem too.

    Mine is here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/teresas-farm/


  9. Luke Prater says:

    Cor blimey love you got in early this time! Wow your closing tercet is stunning. You are a gifted writer, and versatile, but I think what I like most are your descriptive passages. You nail ’em with aplomb and sheer poetry.

    Warmest Salad


    (mine are here –


  10. Oh, how divine are the “pouty firs… draped in ermine”… lush, lush, lush! So grateful I came into the potluck to find your words!


  11. trisha says:

    i felt as if i was watching an artist painting a winter scene. splendid poem victoria.


  12. A beautiful painting in words.



  13. Mary Bach says:

    Great descriptions!


  14. fiveloaf says:

    your dedication for perfection really impress me liv!


  15. Jessicas Japes says:

    I love the pouty firs, great choice of adjective!



  16. Shashi says:

    Beautiful nature painting it beautifully through your words and soul… I liked it very much…
    Thanks for sharing…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay
    Blog: http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com


  17. budhaaah says:

    You live in a beautiful place. Glad to see that you enjoy it too. It reflects in your words


  18. Rashmi says:

    Your poem is so beautifully descriptive about the nature of your hometown and the pictures are lovely….Must be a great place….


  19. Your words are pretty as a picture! I love how you described snow and the Douglas firs. But I guess when you live in such a beautiful place, you can’t help but be inspired. I would love to go there and experience your Sierra winter!


  20. Wow, must be a wonderful place=D


  21. Reflections says:

    Glorious views held deep within the hands of winters bitter thoughts.


  22. I so envy you ,Victoria.Seeing the pics made me want to live there,too.And your words give justice to the beauty itself.Lots of imagery.

    Amazing work of poetry!


  23. hedgewitch says:

    This is a really evocative, harmonious piece, with subtle imagery and unabashed metaphors, always a nice combination. You live in a beautiful place, and you’ve passed it on well here. “pouty
    Douglas firs
    draped in ermine..” loved it.


  24. Rinkly Rimes says:

    Lovely phrases. I loved the ‘dowager trees’ in particular.


  25. souldipper says:

    Grand and glorious visions of nature at its busy-best. And isn’t she busy this year! A friend from Carlsbad camps in the Sierras and send me photos. Thus the lines: “vanilla icing that drips from

    chocolate outcrops of granite.” bring a grin of understanding.


  26. LeiffyV says:

    Amazing, I can actually see the Sierras as I ride through them with this poem! You did some amazing work with your words, thanks so much for sharing this with us!


  27. P.S… maybe you will take a peak at my backyard 😉
    “Journey in Pixels” tab on my blog if interested 🙂


  28. seems we have alot in common. i cant help but boast of where i live as well. home is where the heart is and you paint yours beautifully! nice potluck entry! 🙂


  29. revbillcook says:

    Rich images. Thank you. – bill


  30. Marian says:

    i want to go there.


  31. A.B. Thomas says:

    Fantastic in its vividness!


  32. Fyodor Lewis says:

    The scenery is nearly edible it looks so delicious. Nice job.


  33. Jingle says:

    Glad to know that you live in an open space and your poem is very amazing..
    love your word painting here..
    you are well prepared.
    Thanks for the love to our potluck poetry.


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