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Muddy Lane on the Somerset Levels

By bwlchmawr  
Trees

Splash red -
A rush of autumn leaves that
Bled away their beauty as they
Died upon the breeze.

Frost.
Leaves lost.

Stocky frames -
Thinning at the dendrites -
Animate their colour under dusk:
A paling brown,
Emerging grey -
Deeper, darker -
Leads to black:
Silhouettes braced for winter,
Like monuments of hardiness
Against the freeze.

Barely hanging overhead, charcoal-grey chassis
Buckle under silent flow of ever-stacking billows

While stings in the face foretell the ice-blight.

An arrow-bound wind builds,
Penetrating flesh,
Whistling out its warning
To the nakedness of winter woods -
Fair-weather green coats too fickle for the stay.

Summer died upon another eon.
Autumn scampered from the chill.

But the trees fought back; upheld their dignity -
No fuss, pomp, or thrill.

Mark Slaughter

Tags: Landscape and travel Winter trees

Voters: colijohn, christinecilia, pdunstan_Greymoon and 19 more


Comments


alfpics Plus
17 370 2 England
3 Dec 2015 6:41PM
Don't know why, but thought it was yours from the thumbnail! This has come out great!

Andy

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Great mono
MunroWalker 5 7 3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2015 7:27PM
Great.... love the mono tones etc. Have to try this with my landscapes.
netta1234 7 382 2 Wales
3 Dec 2015 8:47PM
Works brilliant in monoSmile
NettaSmile

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