12 December 2014 – Clarifications

Red-tailed Hawk, by Emily Gubler, http://www.ordinarycontradictions.com/

Red-tailed Hawk,  Emily Gubler, http://www.ordinarycontradictions.com/

Clarifications – by A.R. Ammons

The crows, mingled
powder white,
arrive floundering
through the
heavy snowfall:
they land ruffling
stark black
on the spruce boughs and
chisel the neighbourhood
sharp with their cries. 

What clarity arises from the shapes and sounds of winter?

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One Response to 12 December 2014 – Clarifications

  1. suki60 says:

    When I was a child, I was supposed to sing Christina Rossetti’s famous carol as a duet in church with another girl: I really liked it.

    In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
    In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

    But I guess Sally didn’t like me, and she wouldn’t sing, so after an awkward moment or two I sang it, very nervously, alone. When I had finished, she piped up, her voice ringing loud and clear.

    Strangely enough, it is still one of my favourite carols.


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