A Nod To The Silver Birch!
Dressed for winter in your sprinkle of snowflakes,
Like sequins glistening in light,
The slumber of humble sleepiness
Caresses December nights!
Squirrels rummage free in your branches,
Nimble with athletic skill,
Escape from predator advances
If they chance an opportunist kill!
The White Owl acknowledges your presence,
It's very essence is a privilege to receive,
Perched on your bough in his wisdom,
A vision to cherish with esteem!
Holly, holy evidence from surroundings,
Red berries redder than all year,
The rich green of ivy revival,
Twigs entwined as hands resigned to prayer!
The sacrificial shedding of dry leaves,
Naked branches dance in wicked winds,
The sky reclines, resigned to emotion
As atmospheric clouds are gathering!
Silver Birch, matured, majestic,
Enduring years of naturalistic change,
A veteran in a world that's never settling,
A survivor in arriving decades!