A Birch In A Storm

Rating: 5.0
A tall white Birch reared its stately form,
High in the path of the oncoming storm.
Its long, lacy leaves, in sad disarray,
Tangled and knotted with each swing and sway.
Cavorting like mad, or waltzing with ease,
A raging tornado, then gentle sea breeze.

A lone bird took refuge, a port in a storm,
A place to be safe, a place to be warm.
But the restless insistence and fast-moving pace,
Soon made him take wing, to a much quieter place.
And the wild waving continued like a maestro's baton,
As though unrestrained, now the lone bird had gone.

Its silhouette stood against the smooth sky,
Like an artist's achievement, the paint barely dry.
The white sturdy trunk, the leaves a bright green,
The clouds in the blue sky, could hardly be seen.
The blue disappeared, deep grey took its place,
And night dropped its mantle, the scene to erase.

Copyright Shaun Cronick 2019.All Rights Reserved.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: bird,bird loving,legend,nature,nature love,scenic,storm,story,tree,weather
Dr Dillip K Swain 21 January 2021
An excellent poem dressed with fabulous imagery! Appreciated and admired....top score! !
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Shaun Cronick 25 October 2020
Thanks again Jane wherever you now are. Take care and many thanks.
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Shaun Cronick 21 August 2020
Rose Marie thanks for revisiting and your kind comment. Take care.
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 08 August 2020
Revisiting this marvelous poem. So beautifully crafted and well executed. So mellifluous when read. Its great rhyme, compelling imagery and nice flow drew me once again to read this poetic gem.
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Shaun Cronick 03 August 2020
Rose Marie thank you for another warmly welcomed and most generous comment. I'm glad a world class and greatly gifted poetess as your good self enjoyed reading it. Again I wish you well and take care and thank you for all your wonderful poetry you do so generously offer and share to one and all. Enriching so many lives..
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Shaun Cronick 15 July 2020
Thank you Dillip sir. I'm glad a most sincere poet as your good self enjoyed reading it. And I thank you for your most kind and gracious comments. Take care and I wish you well.
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EXCELLENT! The great imagery and wonderful description put into this poem made me at close range with this unique and wonderful tree A great tribute indeed to this one of a kind wonder of nature. " Cavorting like mad, or waltzing with ease A raging tornado, then gentle sea breeze " Beautiful lines from a great poem. Onto my Poem List.
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Dr Dillip K Swain 05 July 2020
A magnificent piece of poetry carrying illustrious description of nature! My favourite lines: It's silhouette stood against the smooth sky/Like an artist's achievement, the paint barely dry. Appreciated and admired....Full score!
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Leeann Azzopardi 17 May 2020
As I read this poem the dark clouds form as though you predicted it
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Shaun Cronick 18 June 2020
Thank you Leeann for your kind comment and take care from all of nature's and life's dark clouds.
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Tan Pratonix 17 January 2020
Excellent poem. Some lines to remember: “Cavorting like mad, waltzing with ease.” Image: “Wild waving...like a maestro’s baton” This is the stuff I like. Genuine poetry. I rate this a 10. Blessings!
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Shaun Cronick 01 February 2020
Thank you Tan for your kind and generous comment. I'm glad a gifted poet as your good self enjoyed it. Take care Tan and may God Bless and Keep you and the loved ones around you.
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