March's Winds

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March's Winds

Post by Tom Watson » Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:46 pm

The howl in its first perception
Was but a murmur high in the trees
As they whispered unwelcome reception
Of something that could destroy their leaves.

The rustling uneasiness grew up high
And gradually filtered past branches and down
As what once were soft moans became cries
As destroyed leaves began to cover the ground.

I stirred, disturbed by the cries, only moans
Now to my wall muffled ears,
And then rose to the window, whose shutters groaned,
And stared upon leaves too young from branches sheared.

Then the shutters began their insistent knock
Upon my walls, loosed from their weakened latches,
Like neighbors demanding to visit and talk
About leaves and trees and flying branches.

I knew though my neighbors were elm and oak,
Disturbed in their quiet rebirth,
Insisting that if they must swing and sway, they must poke
And prod all things not part of their earth.

I stared wide eyed as the trees stopped thrashing
And, giving a long surrendering sigh,
Leaned toward me, reaching, intent on smashing
My silent view, sharing branches where no leaves remained to fly.

Then the stretching arms snapped back
As if a giant hand had slapped them away,
And all grew still, the sudden silence a new attack,
A new strategy, leaving anticipation for March’s winds another day.



Tom Watson, 2009
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Re: March's Winds

Post by Tom Watson » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:53 am

The winds of March have fallen away
blowing this post here for a permanent stay.
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Post by heinzs » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:50 pm

or as permanent as it can be with a watchful eye out for the outpruning monster...
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Re: March's Winds

Post by Old Poet » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:13 pm

I don't recall reading such a well-conceived presentation of the proverbial Lion.

"As what once were soft moans became cries
As destroyed leaves began to cover the ground"

Now that is great writing from the mind's eye. Well done!
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Post by Tom Watson » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:12 am

Thank you for that kindness Old Poet.

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Post by Storytime » Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:25 am

A most natural explaination of things. Well done.

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Post by Tom Watson » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:42 am

Thank you Sid for taking the time to read and comment.

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Post by cusick » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:34 am

Hello Tom it has been a long time.
This grand poem is the first I came across.
I love how you built from a breeze
to a full blown storm.
How much can I get away with and still go to heaven.

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Re: March's Winds

Post by Tom Watson » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:06 am

Cusick! How wonderful to see you visiting again. Thank you for taking time to comment. Hope you will stick around a while now and maybe offer some of your own talent to the show.

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Post by Queen » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:17 am

i live on a few acers and am surrounded by huge trees ( in the midwest) this poem so perfectly describes the aticipation and readiness for the windy season ( tornado season) i'm sure if my trees could communicate they would all recite your poem in unison :lol: great piece
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Post by Tom Watson » Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:18 pm

:grin: Thank you, your highness, for the wonderful comment.

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Re: March's Winds

Post by Debbie » Mon May 04, 2009 6:46 am

An outstanding write...that brought me from calmness to a feeling of danger as those winds began to grow boisterous.
I like the wind and yet have a respect for it because it sure can cause havoc.
Love your work as always..

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Re: March's Winds

Post by poeticpiers » Mon May 04, 2009 1:55 pm

The lion roars as if to show
it has more power than the trees
The trees don't mind because they know
the gale will fade into a breeze
when the month of march is past
and april showers take its place
the gales of march aren't meant to last.
The months progress at their own pac
each serves its purpose then it goes
This is the truth which the trees know
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