nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

snow hollow at the base of a tree

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Words are the tools of a writer’s craft.  I literally wallow in words when I write a poem.  Sometimes the right word comes immediately to mind.  Sometimes I have to search for it, sometimes for days or weeks.  When I do the final edits for a poem, I ‘press’ on every word, to make sure it is absolutely right.

Sometimes, I encounter an idea or image that seems to have no word.  For example, I have searched for a word referring to the charming hollow that builds next to the base of a tree when the snow falls.  Sometimes small animals use this hollow for a temporary den.  Sometimes it’s a place where debris gathers, as it does in the corners of alleyways.  Sometimes it is a calm, beckoning place where snow shadows rest in shades of olive green and blue.    

I wonder if there is a name for these elusive places, perhaps in another language.

~

~

snow hollow

~

snow shuns the tree

manifest in the hollow

the empty gather of wind

at the base of the fir

~

where snow-shoe hares find

shelter or dry leaves skipping

across a crust of snow

assemble and rest

~

inside curve to fit

the spine of an animal

the heart of a man

curled against the cold

~

a place where shadows meet

select blue from the prism of all

indigo to illustrate the space

of no snow, no warmth, no light

~

~

 

©  Jane Tims  2011

 

Written by jane tims

December 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

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  1. Several years ago, I had the same dilemma and decided to call them tree wells. Now I see I’m not the only one!

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    Deborah Carr

    December 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    • Tree wells…I like this term! However, all our tree wells are gone again today!!! Jane

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      jane tims

      December 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

  2. I always thought of those places as magical when I was a child. It is where I would go to enter another world, a snow portal.

    Love this post, Jane. It’s beautiful. 🙂

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    Robin

    December 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! And ‘snow portal’ is a great name for these spaces! Jane

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      jane tims

      December 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      • Like Robin, I used to spend a lot of time in these “snow portals” when I was little. I like that name! Definitely a place of wonder and magic… I want to climb into your photo, Jane!

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        Barbara Rodgers

        January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

      • Small, cozy spaces… Jane

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        jane tims

        January 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

  3. Lovely, Jane!

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    artboy68

    December 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    • Up on the mountain we call them ‘tree wells’.

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      artboy68

      December 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      • Hi. That’s the second name I’ve recieved… If I get enough, I’ll run a poll! Jane

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        jane tims

        December 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

  4. How about Snow dish!
    Merry Christmas Jane.

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    Jim

    December 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    • Hi Jim. Awesome suggestion. If I get enough suggestions, I will run a poll! Thanks and Merry Christmas! Jane

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      jane tims

      December 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm


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