Quest of the Trees
Author’s Note: The winter of 2013 has been a long, drawn out affair for those of us who live in the Midwest. As we face more snow tomorrow (April 17), I would like to dedicate this poem to all the hardy people who endure nature at her harshest and also carry the “quest” within their hearts.
by Kathy Sporre
Soldiers of the realm of Spring
Hearken to their kindly king,
Take armor of jade to breast
Upon their leader’s warm request.
Standing guard the summer long
They wait to hear the trumpets song
Upon the southbound flocks in flight,
“Make ready for the coming fight!”
Retreating from the force of fall
Trumpeters relay their call
Stately guards remain at post
In colorful array, to boast.
Infantries of ice display
A stronger force than they can stay.
Surrounded now, the battle lost
They surrender to the chilling frost,
Cast their armor to the ground,
And bare their bodies to the sound
Of winter’s cold-hearted command,
Frozen – to the spot – they stand.
Encompassed by legions of snow
And winter-warrior winds that blow,
They proudly hold their heads up high
Into the February sky,
A timeless secret in their hearts:
This winter lord will soon depart.
A warmer sun engulfs the sky
A distant trumpet faintly cries,
Springtime king returns at last,
Winter lord’s domain is outcast.
Melting ‘neath the warming sun,
Into the rivers swiftly runs
Cold-hearted king who’s been out-shined
Leaving his prisoners behind.
Upon the land they sought to hold
Armies of the Spring stand bold,
To welcome back life-giving king
And trumpeters upon the wing.
Amidst his wind his servants bow,
New armor the king endows
Upon his steadfast knight’s bare breasts
Who faithfully fulfilled their quest:
To hold the kingdom on his leave,
And always in their hearts believe
Their golden king will once again
Give life to trees and warmth to men.
ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS – Go green! Include nature in your life: get a pet, plant a garden, visit local parks and walking trails, and make sure that the indoor environment you live and work in is healthy.