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Winter Trees

An Experiment in Personification of Nature

By Dana CrandellPublished 2 years ago β€’ Updated 3 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Winter Trees
Photo by Lester Hine on Unsplash

As a writer with an old-school education, I try to employ the elements of good poetry - when I can remember them. This short example below was originally published on another site as a challenge to myself, strictly for fun.

The idea was to create a very short, rhyming piece, incorporating a few "tricks of the trade", about the first thing I saw when I looked out the window.

Brittle bones of countless, fragile fingers

Beckoning an all-too-distant sun

Bejeweled by the morning rain that lingers

Frozen, crystal clear upon each one


Stripped so recently of Autumn's glory,

Naked to the cruel, assailing wind,

They beg the gods to end the winter's story

And dress them in profusion once again.

nature poetry

About the Creator

Dana Crandell

Dad, Stedpad, Grandpa, Husband, lover of Nature and dogs.

Writer, Editor, Photographer and Tech/Internet nerd. Content writer by trade. Vocal Creator by choice.

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  • Donna Fox6 days ago

    Wow Dana, this was hauntingly beautiful! I am breath taken and literally sitting in awe of the mastery I am witnessing. I'll be returning to you page for more soon!

  • Mackenzie Davis12 days ago

    The iambic rhythm here is so perfect, especially in the last stanza. It’s such a satisfying read, I had to reread it to get the full impression. Love when poems demand a second look like this. Great job! πŸ‘

  • Peace Mba Ifeoma18 days ago


  • C. H. Richardabout a month ago

    Taking a minute with the last line, which echoes such tranquility. Love it ❀️

  • Roy Stevensabout a month ago

    That's beautiful Dana, though I'd rather like to think the trees are enjoying their rest. According to Suzanne Simard's research we might just be able to ask them someday- that would be pretty cool. I really like your use of consonance; it seems to be underused nowadays don't you think?

  • The Invisible Writerabout a month ago

    This painted an amazing picture. Great job with the structure and rhymes

  • Mr Blacky2 months ago


  • Sofia Joy2 months ago


  • A beautiful poem - Anneliese

  • Audrey Heitz2 months ago

    Just beautiful Dana! Now, whenever I see branches encased in ice (which I absolutely love) I'll remember your poem! β„οΈπŸ™‚

  • Naomi Gold2 months ago

    Nature poetry is my favorite. This is beautiful.

  • Lily Elle2 months ago

    Very few poems I've read on here have stirred something in me, but this one did... Really very beautiful and gently piercing- my favorite kind of poem.

  • Gina C.3 months ago

    This is gorgeous! 😍 I felt the longing of the branches for the sun. The first line is stunning and so powerful! Well done :)

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