Transfusion

Cardinals in snow

Cardinals in snow (Photo credit: rkramer62)

Across the dead gray landscape of January
and February’s somber slate skies,
the grating complaint the blackest birds
lodge with steel-wrapped winter is the only
natural sound breaking the creak
and snap of wind bending these boughs
turned old by too many seasons’ snows.
Just when the cruelest month
nearly claims my spirit, the trees
begin to bleed drops of cardinal
from limb to limb and back again.
Urgent six-note melodies perch
on maple and pine staffs, breaking
the monotonous drear and crows’ atonal rasps,
as redbirds flit and spatter a transfusion
of warm hope into this frozen heart. Here,
place your hand on it and feel ice crack
and new life fight to trickle within.

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24 thoughts on “Transfusion

  1. Very encouraging and uplifting. Especially as the wind howls like thunder out my windows and I doubt the exisitance of Spring. I also love cardinals, or redbirds, they seem like they carry such a burden to set people free. Anyway, I enjoyed this very much.

  2. “the trees
    begin to bleed drops of cardinal
    from limb to limb and back again.”

    “Urgent six-note melodies perch
    on maple and pine staffs, ”

    “spatter a transfusion
    of warm hope into frozen heart.”

    My favourite images …. this is such an awesome poem of hope!

  3. “boughs
    turned old by too many seasons’ snows”
    and cardinals bleeding hope into the weary landscape… I did definitely feel the ice crack… love the title too

  4. A pair of cardinals used to nest in a tree right outside my window, back east. They returned year upon year, much to my delight. They were the drops of new life in long winters past.

  5. This is so beautiful, Joe… the cardinals dripping from branches and their wonderful melodies… I especially like how they “flit and spatter a transfusion
    of warm hope into this frozen heart.”

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