Saturday, January 31, 2015

On Silver Fields

I long to walk the silver fields
under half-cast haloed light:
the chilled night air calls out to see
such wonders that may be revealed
unto this stagnant, indoor sight.

I step into the waiting night,
my footfall bold on crusted snow;
aberrant sound disturbs the air
as prints emboss the winter white—
such foreign-size in nature’s eyes.

Along the old stonewall I go,
the winterberries almost past;
the slightest touch, the softest brush
impressed into the powdered snow
reveal where tiny birds have fed.

I cut across toward sleeping wood
to intersect another path…
the deep and cloven prints reveal
where deer have trekked in search of food—
stripped sapling bark a tasty meal.

Now turn along the sleeping brook
to hear beneath its frozen glass
the water pulsing, pushing past—
awaiting thaw, again to dash
and splash this bed from whence it births.

And there, across this barren tract
more imprints seal another tale
two long, two short; then stroke of wings
where preying owl perchance prevailed
on snowshoe hare; small life curtailed.

Upon these silver fields I’ve trailed
over shadowed tracts I’ve roamed…
I’ve read the tales the snow’s revealed—
oh, how its stories have regaled!
Now cleave this path that leads me home.

© Ginny Brannan 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Je ne suis pas "Charlie," mais je suis avec lui…

I am not "Charlie," but I stand with him...

Global community shrinking daily,
one terrorist attack at a time. 

Fanatics will do what they do,
regardless of the provocation.

How sad the religion
whose God condones
violence, not love.

Shall we confront the camel that spits in our eye?

Neither cower….nor ridicule,
but stand firm for the truth.

Beware “ignorance” and “want,”
silent precursors of rage and contempt

“Protect and defend’
isn’t the same
as “attack and destroy.”

How can we let strangers
dictate our ‘freedoms’ from afar?

Be the cure that suffuses the veins
of rabid misunderstanding.
I am not “Charlie, but I stand with him


 © Ginny Brannan 2014

Prompted by d'Verse Poets Meeting the Bar: 10 Word Poetry. Not sure that I would call this poetry, just the musings and ravings of a rather medicated, cold-ridden writer on the world news of the past week. Much food for thought, and as you can see, my thoughts skip all over the place...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This Winter Wood

C.Parant, Appetite for Photos Used with Permission

This tree was young once long ago…
smooth of bark and lithe of limb;
but trunk has broadened over time,
and outer skin’s defined by lines
that countless seasons have bestowed.

                  I wonder then, upon what whim
                  would someone choose to seek its form;
                  no longer green—youth’s bloom dispersed—
                  what would prompt to steal a glimpse
                  of thing so weathered and well worn?

Perchance the seeker’s misinformed:
 for often tree is just a tree.
As summer into autumn flows
the heavy frost belies the snow
and time moves on without reprieve.

                  Perhaps you’re searching for the source…
                  the roots from where the words are formed.
                  Like sap in spring, sometimes they flow;
                  more often though, the drip is slow
                  till bucket fills and poem is born.

You’ve asked to meet on middle ground,
this fledgling friendship to endorse
our known conceptions reinforce…
Yet there are others more profound
than aged timber unrenowned.

                  So I have left this bid ignored—
                  floating stagnant days on weeks…
                  and ever further from its youth
                  the timber shies, afraid in truth
                  that it is not this tree you seek.

Shall we let meeting run its course
and through rapport some kinship form?
  There’s no reward for those who stall…
Like wilted leaves on damp gray morn,
we bend toward light to be transformed.
© Ginny Brannan 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Writer

How do you describe someone
   with a depth of thought,
   emotions etched inside his words,
   and a heart worn on his sleeve?

We hang on the snapshots of his life…
   the love, the anger, the hope,
   the dreams, the joys and sorrows…

We follow him down sunny paths
   and decaying streets
   and see life through eyes
   both jaded and ever hopeful…

For his story is our own...
we recognize ourselves in it—
and we are touched and
changed forever in the reading.

© Ginny Brannan 2015

Nick Gentry, Capture 2014

Snow Moon

The full moon of January is known as the 'Wolf Moon,' as it appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the 'Old Moon' and to some Native American tribes, it was the 'Snow Moon,' a term often now applied to the next full moon in February.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mile Markers

Gray chalk hills fade one behind another
until they dissolve into oyster sky.
Ice crystals dance on gelid air,
glisten highway’s edge, and settle
in the crooks of sleeping maples.
Evergreens bend under weight
 of their thick winter shawls.
In spite of its bleakness, we are taken by
the stark frost-coated beauty of it all.


my core senses those timeworn mountains
long before my eyes discern them.
Yet, it is not these ancient mounds
that draw me back, but the folks therein
I long to see—those I love who wait for me.

With each mile passed, the years begin to dissipate
like those hills now veiled in mist and gloam;
my pulse beats faster as this heart anticpates
that final stretch of road that leads me home.

©  Ginny Brannan 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Walk on a Winter's Night

Remembering a Christmas long ago…
we walked the village streets on winter’s night,
waiting for the rain to turn to snow

The church bells chiming carols, soft and low
reminding of the One who brought His light
on another Christmas, long ago.

The darkened stores awash in indigo
imparting their displays in twinkling white…
waiting for the rain to turn to snow.

The dampened road reflecting streetlights’ glow
shining as if it bathed in candlelight—
in mem'ries of that Christmas long ago.

We rallied from the cold like Eskimos,
butt'ning up our coats against the bite—
waiting for the rain to turn to snow.

Some memories we never quite outgrow
just store away to view when time is right…
remembering that Christmas long ago
and our delight when rain turned into snow.

© Ginny Brannan 

Image taken by Michelle Torres Lowe, borrowed from BFDDA (Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance)

Sharing at d'Verse Poets Open Link Night December 2014