Sally Evans

Rookie - 5 Points (1942 / London)


Frost locks the landscape under sun,
silvers the gold of autumn,
deepens hollows in the fields,
sharpens shadows on the mountainsides,
accents the birds, owls, . kestrels, buzzards
sitting on tree-stumps moodily
aware of stillness as lack of food.

Surely they must also see it as beautiful
though harsh, perhaps remember
the sun still has some hours of life
as they flap around surlily
or wait at the end of a line of molehills
for the blind morsel to rise.

Frost works its art then stops to look,
anazed that time waits for a breeze
as if the fields were an oceanscape
that might bring a fish-shoal of plenty,
glittering darlings for fieldfares,
blackberries plump again in the hedge.

We all hole ourselves up, people and birds,
for frost is bigger and scarier than us,
our enemy, it holds our ground unbidden
and we wait for it to soften, to become
accustomed here, to let up, so grasses
move and the wind blows, we have no option
but to wait, till the frost shifts,
sneaks off to its bitter home.

Submitted: Friday, November 25, 2011

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Frost by Sally Evans )

Read all 3 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. The Rose that Grew from Concrete, Tupac Shakur
  9. Woman Work, Maya Angelou
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
[Hata Bildir]