“The Seasons” – 2018 Honourable Mention for Poetry.

The Canadian Authors 2018 National Capital Writing Contest had a gala, May 8, at the Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library – Short Story and Poetry Awards. My poem “The Seasons” was a finalist in the Poetry category. It received an Honourable Mention. The first time I had entered any of my poems. I will be sure to scribble something for 2019.

The Seasons                                                                                       Ian Prattis 

Winter’s swift warning

lay quiet and mantled on trees

formerly vibrant with autumn’s life.

The shapes of summer submerged

in grotesque beauty as bitter cold sets in

freezing fingers of ungloved hands.

In the rhythm of seasons,

the old ones in their late season

notice and nod, calmly carrying on

in their private wisdom.

Birds driven by winter’s warning

fluff their feathers and dance in the cold,

tapping on windows their insistence for the old man

to nail the feeder to the sugar maple

reserved for their winter joy by the farmhouse window.

So soon have summer’s fruits given way

to this stretch of nature’s dominion.

A long wait until man and land renews

in springtime’s burst.

Nature’s cycle, its rhythm undeterred

etches seeds of decay, silence and renewal with an unseen hand

that speaks to us

should we care to listen to that voice.

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