A Poem by Ellen Hammond

We can learn much from nature as we take the time to really see it and reflect upon it.






Are the effects of the seasons upon a tree

Relative to life's changes for you and me?


Spring issues forth the first signs of life 

Brand new buds, not weary from strife


Unfolding and growing from both rain and sun

'Til next  thing we know, Summer's begun

Flourishing and maturing in this welcoming warm scene

It stands handsomely arrayed with leaves full and green



But as Autumn draws near and the weather is changed  

The tree's priorities are rearranged

Roots and substance are the focus of the day  

The more frivolous is rejected in a splendid display 


The cold Winter wind finds the tree standing there  

Stripped of its beauty, looking solemn and bare


The blustering storm brings ice through the night

 By dawn, that tree is a marvelous sight

Glistening and shining, it's a scene that I love

As it simply reflects beauty which comes from above


Facing the storms and standing strong through the strife

 It patiently awaits the Spring of new life


© 2012 Ellen Hammond

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In one of my folders on Yahoo, I have a collection of winter scenes. Your final snap
reminded me of that. If I can find it, I'll link it to you.
Your poem is very sweet. Was the re-use of the "strife-life" couplet (2nd and Final)
intentional, to indicate a cyclicity to the process?
Couplets are a great medium to express basic truths such as this; no flim-flam, no whiz-bang...Just Truth.

Posted 12 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


Beautiful poem! I love the way the words set up the coming seasons. Thanks for your words my friend.

Posted 11 Years Ago

How very beautiful this poem is, Ellen. Your words echo my own feelings about Nature and its seasons, each season holding a magic, a promise, a re-birth. If you know where to look and if you want to, you can always see a sign of future in the cycles of creatures and growth, it's good to remember that life goes on in all its miraculous ways. A tree dies - somewhere a seed lies hidden .. a person dies - somewhere a footprint, great or not, lies to be found.

Your poem rings out truth .. it's a reminder that life is all around us and precious, very, very precious. Dear Ellen, thank you for sharing your finely formatted and deeply thoughtful poem with me.

Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Excellent job!! I love the way you have incorporated the pictures within your text. It seems to add more to the poem and not distract the reader from your words. I enjoyed this very much! Thanks so much for sharing!

Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


I was surprised to find that this piece is several months old. As you can tell from my writing, I too find the beauty of nature the most fascinating subject to write about, and in particular, the changing seasons. I don't think any artist can capture adequately the intricate beauty of nature, and seldom can the poet paint it with words, but you have done a great job combining a flow of words with some excellent photography. Great write Ellen.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Isn't nature a perfect backdrop for poetry? I really love this one Ellen. The presentation is out of this world.
The poem is delightful as always.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Dear Ellen,

A beautiful write, wonderfully paralleling the phases of life with those of nature. We all know this instinctively, I think, but this write makes it clear with such captivating poetry. And your wonderful faith for future renewal of life after winter is done is readily apparent. Whether true or not, your hopeful and positive spirit is inspirational.

A very nicely penned poem, probably one of the best I've read of your work. Loved it.

Best regards,


Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love your rationing of life pertaining to the seasons cause I too relate it that way for everything always comes full circle a very beautiful and philosophical piece of writing.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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Well, Ellen, you've created a masterpiece again. Not only are the words excellent, the pictures are fantastic and assist in unfolding this so-true story of life. When the tree 'appears' dead, it's really still full of life. Nice work, friend. Thank you. Keep smilin'...Lee

Posted 11 Years Ago

A beautiful writing of the season's in relationship with life. How they pass and each brings with it meaning. A very striking note that all pass and after the final season, we are promised one again of hope and renewal. You did a magnificent work of word artistry with your talented pen. No pictures were really needed as your skilled pen created the scenes so eloquently laid before the mind's eye.

Posted 11 Years Ago

wow,Ellen,lovely write,it reminds me of the cherry in frost,every phrase had its own taste,and a gentle message that you convey,i loved how you pictured the white drapes of frost on the tree and how you ended in the radiance of hope of a new spring,ofcourse, nature is the biggest teacher,we just have to have our eyes open.thanks for sharing it with me,

Posted 11 Years Ago

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Added on February 25, 2009
Last Updated on August 9, 2012


Ellen Hammond
Ellen Hammond

Saint John, N.B., Bay of Fundy , Canada



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