Willow Lights

the ornamental willow is still bare of leaves
its branches form a mat of curling chaos
where tree overhangs house
sillhoueted starkness that moves gentle
like a murmur in the remnant breeze
of a day of storm violence and bluster

away from the line of vision a street-lamp
scarcely disturbs the sombre colour of night
but catches a point in each twist of branch
to reflect a glitter of wavering fairylights
that lighten the sodden air of late winter
and suggest a wonderland in the front yard

© Frank Prem, 2001

2 thoughts on “Willow Lights

  1. I have an absolute love affair with willows – *sigh* if only it would translate into people to people – but I digress, please forgive me …..

    you’ve captured the essence of willow here – at least one aspect – the curling chaos – how even the bare branches hold magic and mystery … how different qualities of light change and play on these beautiful shapeshifters – delightful Frank 🙂

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