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California Winter - Poem by Karl Shapiro
It is winter in California, and outside
Is like the interior of a florist shop:
A chilled and moisture-laden crop
Of pink camellias lines the path; and what
Rare roses for a banquet or a bride,
So multitudinous that they seem a glut!
A line of snails crosses the golf-green lawn
From the rosebushes to the ivy bed;
An arsenic compound is distributed
For them. The gardener will rake up the shells
And leave in a corner of the patio
The little mound of empty shells, like skulls.
By noon the fog is burnt off by the sun
And the world's immensest sky opens a page
For the exercise of a future age;
Now jet planes draw straight lines, parabolas,
And x's, which the wind, before they're done,
Erases leisurely or pulls to fuzz.
It is winter in the valley of the vine.
The vineyards crucified on stakes suggest
War cemeteries, but the fruit is pressed,
The redwood vats are brimming in the shed,
And on the sidings stand tank cars of wine,
For which bright juice a billion grapes have bled.
And skiers from the snow line driving home
Descend through almond orchards, olive farms.
Fig tree and palm tree - everything that warms
The imagination of the wintertime.
If the walls were older one would think of Rome:
If the land were stonier one would think of Spain.
But this land grows the oldest living things,
Trees that were young when Pharoahs ruled the world,
Trees whose new leaves are only just unfurled.
Beautiful they are not; they oppress the heart
With gigantism and with immortal wings;
And yet one feels the sumptuousness of this dirt.
It is raining in California, a straight rain
Cleaning the heavy oranges on the bough,
Filling the gardens till the gardens flow,
Shining the olives, tiling the gleaming tile,
Waxing the dark camellia leaves more green,
Flooding the daylong valleys like the Nile.
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Poems About Winter
- 1. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind , William Shakespeare
- 2. An Old Man's Winter Night , Robert Frost
- 3. Winter , William Shakespeare
- 4. A Winter Night , Robert Burns
- 5. A Winter Night , Sara Teasdale
- 6. To Winter , William Blake
- 7. Winter Night , Boris Pasternak
- 8. Against Winter , Charles Simic
- 9. Winter Memories , Henry David Thoreau
- 10. Emmonsail's Heath In Winter , John Clare
- 11. Approach Of Winter , William Carlos Williams
- 12. After The Winter , Claude McKay
- 13. Blue Winter , Robert Francis
- 14. Winter Evening , Georg Trakl
- 15. Winter , Walter de la Mare
- 16. Winter Complaint , Ogden Nash
- 17. A Winter Bluejay , Sara Teasdale
- 18. Winter Trees , William Carlos Williams
- 19. Winter: My Secret , Christina Georgina Rossetti
- 20. Winter Solitude , Matsuo Basho
- 21. Scotland's Winter , Edwin Muir
- 22. Spring And Winter , William Shakespeare
- 23. A City Winter , Frank O'Hara
- 24. Winter Stores , Charlotte Brontë
- 25. Winter Wonderland , Joseph T. Renaldi
- 26. Winter Song , Wilfred Owen
- 27. A Winter Dawn , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 28. Winter Dusk , Walter de la Mare
- 29. Woods In Winter , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 30. Winter-Time , Robert Louis Stevenson
- 31. Winter Promises , Marge Piercy
- 32. Winter , Robert Southey
- 33. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
- 34. First Winter Rain , Matsuo Basho
- 35. Winter Solstice , Anonymous
- 36. Flowers In Winter , John Greenleaf Whittier
- 37. A Winter Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 38. To Winter , Claude McKay
- 39. A Winter Ride , Amy Lowell
- 40. California Winter , Karl Shapiro
- 41. A Winter Daybreak Above Vence , James Arlington Wright
- 42. Now Winter Nights Enlarge , Thomas Campion
- 43. A Spell Before Winter , Howard Nemerov
- 44. Sonnet 97: How Like A Winter Hath My Abs.. , William Shakespeare
- 45. Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl , John Greenleaf Whittier
- 46. Birds At Winter Nightfall (Triolet) , Thomas Hardy
- 47. Winter Garden , Matsuo Basho
- 48. A Song Of Winter Weather , Robert William Service
- 49. Winter In The Country , Claude McKay
- 50. To Juan At The Winter Solstice , Robert Graves
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