A Cardinal in Snow

A Cardinal in Snow

A Poem by Augustus

A pristine shroud of baleful white
Unveils its most beguiling blight
Encased in winter's icy breath
A panoramic view of death
A twisted tree as bare as bone
To spite the endless monotone
And perched atop its naked bough
A scarlet stab against the snow
Misplaced in time, or perhaps space
A humble monument to Grace
Encased in nature's poignant art
The memory of a beating heart
A joy to cherish and to save
A lonesome rose on Mercy's grave
With each impassioned dulcet cry
Implores the ruler of the sky
Ignoring winter's cynical sneer
In absurd bursts of hope and cheer
Perhaps a distant spring to greet
When did defiance sound so sweet?
From Desolation's funeral pyre
A bloom of undaunted desire
A song to learn and to repeat
The weary heart will always beat

© 2018 Augustus


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and the Cardinal really does have a beautiful song, but it also sounds mournful in its way..
reminds me of those poor cardinals i see during a late spring snowfall in Southern Illinois.
j.

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Augustus

2 Years Ago

Thanks Jacob!
This one is full of unique rhymes and sharp images and made me think of Robert Frost. The cardinal as the symbol of enduring life defying the death shroud of snow is a hymn of hope for all of us. Very well done.

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Augustus

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much for your perceptive review!

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