Ernestine Northover

(25th March 1943)

A Heart Is Surely Bound


With branches coated topside white with snow.
And blue the shadows stretched along the ground.
Trees adding sharpness, a wintry view on show,
With dazzling, flickering sunshine, such can astound
The observing eye, which will discern and know
Each picture of nature's wealth, times made renowned.
And on a bench in silence sat a crow,
Held captive by a vista, with no sound.
Then flapping his wings, flew off, swooping quite low,
Leaving behind a frozen prospect to dumfound.
Thus, looking here and there, and to and fro
Across this painted scene, a heart is surely bound.

© Ernestine Northover

Submitted: Friday, January 13, 2006
Edited: Sunday, January 06, 2008

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  • R H (4/25/2008 4:10:00 PM)

    An astutely piece of observation crafted into a delightful winter scene - brimful of striking images - the contrast of the black crow amongst the delicate backdropp is especially vivid. j xx (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (8/8/2007 4:50:00 PM)

    Splendidly visual I could see the black crow against the white winterlandscape (Report) Reply

  • Not a member No 4 (2/5/2007 5:51:00 AM)

    A mesmerising panorama of winter, brought to life with the contrasting and active black crow. Superb attention to detail, and precisely crafted from opening to close. This heart was certainly bound throughout. xx jim (Report) Reply

  • Scarlett Treat (2/8/2006 4:54:00 PM)

    I think your work is near perfectly worded, but I am disconcerted by the number of commas, no periods. Where do you break for a breath? I love your work, but maybe the grammer needs a period or two? Given in love, Linda (Report) Reply

  • Lucy Burrow (1/22/2006 3:50:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful scene, so well painted in word. A kindred spirit, I feel, your love of nature often echoes my own. A 10 from me.
    Regards, Lucy (Report) Reply

  • Tallie Kane (1/18/2006 4:43:00 PM)

    Entrancing. This is beautiful, the set up is brilliance and I envy your skills to describe nature in its purest form. Keep writing, your talent is unique
    Tallie xxx (Report) Reply

  • Sid John Gardner. (1/17/2006 1:15:00 PM)

    Your ability to describe natural things in poetry is a great gift Ernestine.We all gain encouragement from your marvellous work and learn.

    Sid John. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Morris (1/16/2006 7:09:00 AM)

    Ernestine, this is beautiful!
    For some reason the visual effects make me think of Pieter Breughel.
    Fantastic, Mike. (Report) Reply

  • Hugh Cobb (1/13/2006 9:15:00 PM)

    A lovely effort, Ernestine. The writing is very skillful, the rhyme scheme held perfectly. Excellent technically and with image and metaphor.10 from me.

    All the best,

    Hugh (Report) Reply

  • Gregory Gunn (1/13/2006 4:12:00 PM)

    That's a bit of alright as Michael Caine would say! The rhymers are still my favourite though every so called pundit thinks they are obsolete; at least that is what they tell me. One bit of criticism I received a while ago was that I write in a style more suited to the nineteenth century. Although they of course meant it as a harsh stab through my heart, I took it as a compliment seeing as I cut my teeth on the Masters. You may notice a slight Edgar Allan Poe influence on my works. I just posted a poem about Sylvia Plath who I admire very much...alas it is very dark but I hope to get more edifying ones out there soon. In fact, I just thought of a love poem from ten years ago.
    Kudos again on that brilliant piece.
    Love Gregory (Report) Reply

  • Declan McHenry (1/13/2006 2:14:00 PM)

    Anything with crows gets my vote. Though, as an aside, that's a cracking little write Ernestine. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Nagy (1/13/2006 1:03:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful moment of wintertime loveliness. Very well done Ernestine. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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