Winter Solstice Rose-colored burnishes bright By the western wall, Majestic mauve clouds Sweep the sky. Hues wax radiantly, Glow momentarily, Coalesce, Vanish into voids. Immense stars Gather Into ancient patterns Night materializes. Silver flings her mantle Over all creation. Horses, fields, flower Stand frozen in white time. Shifting pearly fog Enamels frigid air, Etching frosty snowflake As it freezes. Suddenly the sun streaks Blinding flashes, pointing to Pink paths. Day emerges. Day and night So fragile, so finite Til the time The sun implodes And no one is left To linger. Morning Makes Beyond the glass The dark is damp and Dewey. At 7:45 Cold grey Dawn barely Begins to materialize. The light brightens, slowly, Continues to brighten, slowly. Twittering birds Chirp, scatter leaves about, Finding food frantically. Inky pines Stand in vertical silence. Scarcely over tree tops A rosy sheen takes shape. Wispy streaks of purple Coalesce and spread. Lacy pine boughs begin to Vibrate in the breeze. In ten seconds, The drama is over, Making morning And blinding white light. Dear God, May this scene never end. Will we too Become an Illuminating vision? Are we one now? My Garden of Eden I will build A house of Earthen blocks, Smeared with Creamy stucco. I will top The roof with Orange colored tiles, The door, A powdery turquoise. Arched Moorish windows Will surround Stained glass Edged with Wooden shutters. Laced grape vines Will roof the patio, Peach trees, fig trees, Apple trees all around. Fragrant flowers And pungent herbs, Delectable vegetables, Drawn from Thick black soil. A solar panel Atop,hard glistening tiles On the floor, Walls bathed in Violet vibrant hues, A place of my own Making, A place Where there are No Snakes.
Betsy Lawson, twenty year retired teacher grades 4 – university, is now at age 83 really enjoying life. Surviving a devastating divorce is what pushed her to write her many poems which ultimately found their way into her book Soul Mirrors. Always a teacher, she hopes these poems also help others to find their way to happiness