The Cycle

Gentle golden rays
Of warmth pass through cool, spring air
To merge, causing dew
To drop from tiny green buds
And soften the hard, cold earth

Rain drops and catches
Light, tearing it asunder
Creating color
In a collage of flowers
Beneath a vibrant rainbow

A heavy fog clears
Revealing a forest floor
Of red, gold, and brown
And all around summer’s bed
Stand naked trees, very old

Trembling in bitter
Cold, a single tree reaches
Its white limbs over
A snowy shroud, as a brook
Drips patiently and then stops 

Dark winds of winter
Whipping through snow-shadowed woods
And fading with spring’s
Arrival, cherry blossoms—
Renascence in due season


About T A Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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14 Responses to The Cycle

  1. blissbait says:

    i’ve read this three times
    want to pull up a big chair
    and be in that space…

    I had a long, VERY busy day. This was like a warm bath. Soothing and perfect. Still. Thank You! Ahhhhh.

    Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

    • Yousei Hime says:

      There is something very flattering about having your poem compared to that level of comfort. Shall we add some bubbles?

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Miss Bliss, I totally forgot to thank you for the return haiku. It is lovely and so sweet. I know you know (via Sir Ichabod’s delightful proclivity for responding in rhyme) it is wonderful to get poem for poem!!! Thank you. 😀

  2. No wonder you still like it, it’s brilliant… You knocked it out the park with this one.

  3. Julie says:

    How beautiful. I love all of the images, the snow-shadowed woods, the drops of rain catching light, etc. The cycle is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? Wonderful words!

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Julie, so glad you came and that you like the poem. Did you read Chrysanthemum and Nabu? You’re in it, you know. 🙂 It’s a bit long, so make sure you have plenty of quiet time. Hope you like it too.

  4. owlren says:

    A very calming poem. I particularly like “snowy shroud” and “snow-shadowed woods.”

  5. ichabod says:

    Hi Yousei;

    what did I tell you
    bursting from within
    a glow of light

    as creation

    you are a light
    this morn
    and will


    keep smiling 🙂

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you, Sir Ichabod. Creating and nurturing a poem is not as satisfying as a child, but it sure is a lot easier to control. You are quite the boisterous waterfall of mist and thunder today. I do believe the one poem will have a red/blue debate for some time. Wonder if they’ll ever stop finger pointing long enough to agree they both agree on caring for others is a good thing? 😉

  6. Yousei Hime says:

    I wrote this early in my undergraduate years. I still like it, after all this time.

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