February Chill–Poetry Potluck

Esther Howland Valentine, circa 1850: "We...

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Submitted to Jingle Poetry Potluck : http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/

for which the theme is Love, Relationships, Bonds.

February Chill

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 horny frogs
promised us an early spring
Wind howled its objection.

24 thoughts on “February Chill–Poetry Potluck

  1. loved its hauntingly simple quietness and fierce beauty


  2. A.B. Thomas says:

    Fantastic write – loved the line of “she still cannot befriend the loneliness” – it almost sounds like a whisper that roars across the mind


  3. kolembo says:

    Great image, lovely poem. I like what the third stanza does to wind harrassed trees, startled hummingbirds and horny frogs!


  4. Shashi says:

    This is great verse.. and I liked your last few lines very much.. and specially the use of your ‘common word’ in the ….
    ‘That night the desperate clamor of horny frogs
    promised us an early spring
    Wind howled its objection.’
    Enjoyed it throughly…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya


  5. cloakedmonk says:

    Beautiful and so expressive of what many elders experience. Even worse when it is so close to our hearts and being our mothers. Well done. As Ji says, A++


  6. pamela says:

    Victoria, I love this. It is hauntingly beautiful.



  7. I love your imagery, and your personifying of nature–just fantastic.


  8. I so appreciate your heart, Victoria.


  9. seabell says:

    Seriously beautiful, especially the subtle parallelism wind-loneliness…


  10. hedgewitch says:

    Complex and penetrating. I liked this a lot, it’s the kind of poem that gets under your skin. The nature elements are as well done and graceful as the human emotion is understated yet strong. Excellent piece.


  11. Bodhirose says:

    I think I remember this one from some time ago. It is beautiful–there’s a sadness in it and yet a promise of warmth again and always love.


  12. tigerbrite says:

    The wind here this morning was chill too. Seemed it wanted to remind us it is still winter. Humming birds, how lovely, we don’t see any here but we have the Lantana in lots of colours. Lonliness is a sorry thing when it can’t be ‘befriended’ but kept as the expression of loss.


  13. Steve Isaak says:

    Effective tale-infusing into the nature scene. It’s not just a well-written still life that’s indistinguishable from other well-written still lifes; this is what poetry is s’posed to be about – nature, intimacy (in its varying facets), and movement.


  14. ladynimue says:

    I remember reading about your mother in some other posts too before .. Well, this was as beautiful 🙂


  15. Jingle says:

    love is more profound
    when the beautiful nature tickles around…

    perfect love entry.
    you rock.



  16. You set the scene so well here, Victoria. I could feel the chill of the wind and your mother’s lonliness.

    Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Potluck. Thank you for all your work on JP.



  17. hpicasso says:

    Love is never lonely

    Peace, hp


  18. Trisha says:

    naughty wind. victoria i could feel myself sitting there with you in the night, hearing all those sounds. beautiful.


  19. Jessica says:

    I like the phrase ‘cannot befriend the loneliness’, it sums up that feeling of having lost someone very well. The linking of Nature and people works very effectively too.



  20. “alone for so many years, she still cannot befriend the loneliness” 😦

    wow! this is touching, deep and so painful. I totally comprehend her sentiment 😦

    Nicely done



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