Snow on Cypress Trees

Snow on Cypress Trees

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers

Snow on Cypress Trees

 

 

Once again it's the time of year
for the cognitive joys

of holidays past.

 

Carved turkeys and crusted pies

rekindle warm memories

of bustling preparations

in the kitchen,
with generations of family at hand
and pots of coffee brewing.

Leaves in a vast array
show no signs of winter here

in California…


where a heart is heavy
like snow on cypress trees.

© 2019 Kelly Scheppers


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Author's Note

Kelly Scheppers
...missing home, family and friends.

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The title sucked me in, and it was worth it (even though I live in the desert in California to avoid shoveling snow, among other reasons).

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


Such a lovely piece of melancholic writing! Independence is a wonderful thing to be enjoyed but for many of us our hearts always long for home. They grow heavy with the distance even if our outward demeanour is strong and resilient. That call of home shall always follow us, no matter where we wander and it just makes our returns to home all that more special. I adore your tone and the gentle expression of sadness that flows through it. Enjoyed very much!

Posted 2 Months Ago



I understand that ache,
here you have so eloquently reminded me of things that I once loved, now lost

Neville

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

How well I remember those kitchen preparations...I can almost smell the coffee brewing. How wonderf.. read more
Neville

2 Months Ago


they are unforgettable aren't they :)
It is so interesting how you contrast the supposed joy of holiday reverie with the sadness that often accompanies it. Families at odds with one another, loved ones no longer with them. An odd mix of joy and melancholy. Nicely written.
Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

3 Months Ago

I believe the joy and melancholy go hand in hand for many of us. Thank you, Dave!
Dave

3 Months Ago

Sadly, what you say is true.

Take care - Dave
Oh, how you quietly sneak into my reverie . . . looking back into my space & time when the family was ALL, even when separated by miles and memories. Snow and memories . . . both melt with time. Thank you for the look back.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

3 Months Ago

My pleasure, my good, good friend!
I love how you contrast kitchen food (great details) & warmth with the melancholy many people experience during holidays. My sister lost her hubby & our mom . . . a friend lost her hubby & sister . . . list goes on . . . tough holidays for many & I love imagery of snow on cypress, contrasted with our sunny Cali winters! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

3 Months Ago

It's always a pleasure hearing from you, Margie! Thank you. Hope it hasn't been too chilly in your.. read more
barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I'm well into that whiny stage of February where a 40* morning feels polar! *wink! wink!* Such Cali .. read more
Happy New Year, Kelly! I am not onsite as often lately and seemed to have missed your lovely nostalgic poem. I too, miss those past Christmases. It is never the same especially considering those who are no longer with us. Perhaps keeping those memories alive in our hearts will help ease the longing. May this year prove to be your best yet!

Posted 4 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

4 Months Ago

I wish the very same for you, Dara. Thank you!
Articulated beautifully... So very affecting!

Posted 4 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

4 Months Ago

How good it is to see you, Travis! Thank you, kindly!
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

4 Months Ago

I pop in from time to time. Just have to leave something one of these days when I do. Lol
I miss my family so much, makes me miss all the good times i once spent. So well written and expressed.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Kimmie. It warms my heart you enjoyed it!
Can't imagine spending Christmastime in Summer-like conditions.
Though, once, celebrating the Winter holidays without my many relatives and friends
would have been unthinkable, now, it's just the way it is.
My heart, too, Kelly, is often "heavy like snow on cypress trees."
Impressive work!


Posted 4 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

4 Months Ago

I'll be the first to admit that I never pictured myself living here in California. It's the new nor.. read more

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Added on November 23, 2019
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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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