12 December – 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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7 Responses to 12 December – Clarifications

  1. Marie says:

    Gorgous photo, Emily!

  2. Christina says:

    In December, the village is an enchanted place. Against a turquoise and coral pink sky, naked trees dance as the light fades. Each one has its own unique shape; some graceful, some twisted, some giant and imposing, reaching up and out towards the stars. Others lurch at an angle, their bent silhouettes spilling branches and twigs downwards, reaching out with long supple fingers to people in the street.

  3. Melissa says:

    I chose this poem because so often I find myself thinking about how it’s not a black and white world, how shades of grey and nuance are layered over so much of our lives. But once in a while, things are clear. They are as distinct as black crows on white snow, and our intentions are as focused as this red-tailed hawk’s in Emily’s amazing photo. There is something about the essential limbs of the trees in winter that suggests this clarity to me, too, like in Christina’s dance.

    Two years ago, after a brief hiatus, I restarted this blog with a post about the space between the branches in December. Here is that post: http://onetreebohemia.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/space-between-the-branches/

    • Jill says:

      Thanks to both of you, Christina and Melissa — I will spend some time this season noticing the delightfully various shapes of both the limbs and the spaces between them!

  4. Jill says:

    The shapes and sounds of winter make clear the value of time and light. The short light-time of this season becomes a spotlight on a sparsely set stage. The finches and marigolds have been cleared away, and our attention is invited to the shapes of bare trees and the sound of crunching snow. If we are busy missing the colorful and sonorous things, we are distracted and the light-time ends all too soon. When it finally returns the next day, we can recognize its value by noticing the shapes and sounds that are present.

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