February Desert

Submitted to Lady Nimue’s Months-of-the-Year Challenge: http://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/challenge1-months-of-the-year-challenge/

February Desert

Even in the desert, February
winds harass the trees,
whipping fronds from their palms.

Hummingbirds seek shelter
in clumps of orange Lantana,
appear surprised by winter’s onslaught.

Mother joined us for a Valentine’s
Day visit. Alone for too many years,
she still cannot befriend the loneliness.

That night the desperate clamor of frogs
promised us an early spring
Wind howled its objection.

10 thoughts on “February Desert

  1. Jingle says:

    lovely imagery,
    winds, hummingbirds, these make beautiful February images.

    Happy 2011.


  2. Nanka says:

    Loved Lantana flowers and we had it along our fence growing wild. But each flower was a multi-coloured clump.

    A lovely photograph of your mother and the doggy looks a smart one too. Hugs to your mother 🙂


  3. vivinfrance says:

    A true journaling poem – touching and ineresting


  4. ladynimue says:

    Sorry to be late in visiting you ! Thanks for joining in again to the challenge page 🙂

    I was most mamzed by the lines about your mother .. It touched me most !

    Lovely images and imagination in other lines ..


  5. trisha says:

    just splendid victoria. so beautiful and touching, the pictures added extra beauty to it.


  6. Tilly Bud says:

    I love the juxtaposition of a February desert, doubling the cold in the wilderness effect. I can feel the tumbleweeds.


  7. Dick says:

    There’s a powerful sense of solitude and bleakness here offset by family closeness and the promise of spring. Quite an achievement within so short a piece!


  8. souldipper says:

    Welcome description of the desert in February – thank you. And what a great gift to give your Mom – your time.


  9. Bodhirose says:

    Palms, hummingbirds and lantana do not enjoy winter’s wind! Loved your last line here.

    I’m wondering if that is your mother enjoying her Valentine’s Day–bless her.


  10. Short Poems says:

    You writing is beautiful, love it 🙂
    All the best
    Marinela x


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