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winterberries

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Before the winter snows are entirely gone, I want to share this poem.  All through the winter months, winterberry holly clings to its bright orange-red berries, refusing to let go …

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October 27, 2013  'Winterberry red'   Jane Tims

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winterberries

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berries of holly persist

long into winter, cling to

the bough, after leaves have fallen

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grief refuses to let go

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but what is one berry among

so many – in the end all

berries desiccate and die

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birds wheel in limitless sky

look below and see

one red pixel punctuates

vast emptiness of snow

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Copyright  2014   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

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  1. Oh, I wonder if I may touch up the contrast in colors a bit, if you allow me to use it. The background is not quite the shade I had in mind for my poem. If you do mind, I most certainly understand.

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    Holistic Wayfarer

    April 19, 2014 at 12:07 am

    • Hi. Yes, but please make a note in the credit. I look forward to seeing the result! Jane

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      jane tims

      April 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

  2. Now I know what winterberries look like. Almanzo Wilder – in Laura Wingalls’ Farmer Boy – talks of overdosing on them while picking, in the winter. =) May I post this painting to go with my poem? The caption would link back to your blog, Jane. Hope to hear back asap. If I post before hearing from you and you give me the go-ahead, I might still add it.

    Diana

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    Holistic Wayfarer

    April 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

  3. There’s a few winterberry shrubs that are growing near the road out front on our property here and all have there berries still on them. Behind the shrubs are tall snow banks. Makes for a striking image and somehow wistfully conjures up thoughts of a longed for spring whenever I see them. I’ll have to take a picture of them and send it to you before the snow bank melts away (If it ever will).
    *(See I told you I would comment. Even a long one at that. All you have to do is whine about it. I dare you to include this last part of the comment ;-))
    Denis

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    JD

    March 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

    • Hi. I am grateful for any comment from you. I hope you take a photo of the berries. Those snowbanks are melting … Jane

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      jane tims

      March 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

  4. So perfect – the painting and the words. Takes my breath away.

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    francisguenette

    March 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

  5. Beautiful.

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    Robin

    March 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

  6. words and painting both beautiful

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    kiwiskan

    March 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

  7. “Before the winter snows are entirely gone”? No rush. I figure ya still got a window of eight weeks or so. Glad you didn’t wait, though. Lovely poem. (And it’s true – the birds will end up with everything.) By the way (and you’ll notice my age here; non of this BTW stuff), there are great patches of deciduous holly along the roadside heading to McAdam. They’ll grow in a foot of water. Thanks again for the poem.

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    Neil

    March 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    • Hi Neil. The winterberry holly also grows profusely in the big bog just across from the Regent Mall in Fredericton. I will look for it next time we go to McAdam. Snow, in spite of rain, is leaving very slowly. Jane

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      jane tims

      March 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

  8. “grief refuses to let go” – I’ve been feeling this lately. Jane, thanks for reminding me of some of the beauty to be found in winter and its bright berries. Your painting has refreshed my spirits!

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    Barbara Rodgers

    March 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    • Hi Barbara. Thanks. I am glad my poem and painting helped. I am looking forward to spring now arrived on the calendar but not on our lawn. Under all that snow are crocuses! Jane

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      jane tims

      March 21, 2014 at 9:16 am


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