Winter’s Final Walk

This poem is written in a traditional sonnet style with 14 lines, and each line contains 10 syllables.  I was fortunate to witness this park one day before the rising temperatures would begin transforming the park from its winter look.

Sycamore trees lose some of their bark over time. The whitest branches truly glisten in the winter sunlight.

Invitation from warmer winter day

Insisting on afternoon nature hike

Snowy Walnut Woods, waiting with sunshine

Feeling welcome, childlike emotions strike


Deep snow lining each trail, bright white border

Dressing in cozy layers, feeling warm

Park’s newest treasures, eager to explore

Thankful for winter’s freedom from snowstorms


Ancient sycamore tree branches glisten

Discovering cross-country skiers’ trail

Beaver dam holds back frozen Big Run creek

Precious winter moments bless, without fail


Looming big thaw will erase winter’s scene

Memories filling life’s unending screen


A wintertime beaver dam backs up the frozen Big Run. It might not survive the spring runoff.

15 thoughts on “Winter’s Final Walk

    • Nebraska can be similar to Montana with differences in weather from one end of the state to another. A couple of years ago, my wife and I traveled across Nebraska. We stayed overnight in Lincoln on our way to Colorado and later Montana.

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  1. Beautiful words to go with the beautiful pic Richard. Enjoy the changing seasons.

    In my part of our beautiful country we missed the spring altogether. We have moved from a mild winter directly to summer 😊

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  2. Wow! I love this poem and am so impressed with how effortless the meter reads. It’s not stilted at all… and if you had not told me it was 10 syllables per line, I would not have noticed. It flows so freely. Beautiful, {{{Dwight!}}} ❤

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