When — A poem to begin 2017

by | Jan 2, 2017 | Musings, Poetry | 6 comments


when —

follow silk clouds
that blend overhead
train whistle greetings
come and gone
crunch of gravel
beneath sneakers torn

catch cones of pine
that spiral away
singular wind scents
in river of time
silent, ticking, no matter

claim shaggy dogs
that spar at the fence
finches nipping seed
till crows caw and circle
till the time comes
when —

Laura McHale Holland
January 2017


Picture of crows circling by Evonne Hayning

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  1. Jerry

    good job

  2. Edie Baran

    Thank you, Laura. This poem is a wonderful gift you have given to the universe! I sure appreciate it!

  3. Laura

    Thank you, Jerry! I hope to write and share more poems in 2017.

  4. Laura

    Thank you, Edie. It’s good to know you enjoy this poem. ‘Tis such a pleasure to be in touch. I hope the new year brings you many more gifts, large and small.

  5. PH Garrett

    Laura, how lovely a poem! I really enjoyed the images you shared.

  6. Laura

    Thank you, Patrice. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. I’ll aim to keep those images flowing through my writing this year.

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