Winter’s Welcome January 2022

Earthscapes from Friar Vincent Petersen, saving the earth one day at a time.

Last Snow

Beyond the window, branches heavy

with the last snow of a long winter…

one final time the morning is stilled by the sight

and soundlessness of snowfall.

It lies heavy on the trees, white as moonlight,

making fantastic patterns of wet black boughs,

and towers of evergreens.

What is spring in the windowpane

is like deep-sea landscape:

fantasy of snow-feathered fronds

weighted, gleaming, seen for the first and last time.

Sister Kate Martin


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