VIOLET CUTBILL POETRY ~ ‘The Magic Hour’
ART : ‘Sheep in Winter’ ~ Tracy Helgeson
Winter has come! He broods with glistening wings
Upon the mountain’s bosom, bare and grim;
The storm, the racing icy-bladed winds,
The hosts of Death, Decay and Change ambushed
In rear of him.
Winter has come! For those
Great silences that preclude his wild reign
Already fall. Destruction lurks in them:
The hurricanes enchained. The fury
Of the elements is there confined.
Winter has come! Beware! He broods no more
With outspread pinions, motionless upon
The summit of the mountain’s drear and lone.
He stirs! His voice is heard! Himself transformed,
Sceptre in hand, he mounts, in power, his throne.
Loosed are the storms and loosed the angry gales,
Whilst night with tumult loud is filled, confusion
Of conflicting powers and warring elements.
The hills, the booming thunder, light’ning
And the driving sleet and hail, Nature’s upris’n!
High Heaven in revolt, pouring on the earth
Supine his vial of wrath.
Louder the conflict grows, while lightning stabs
The trembling earth with many a ruthless spear,
And thunder rolls his cannons across
The fields of Heaven.
Yet morning sees tranquility
Descend, although the scars of war still mar
The scene, ~ the forests ravaged by the winds,
And from the hills, the life-blood gushing
In a thousand streams; while plains that once were filled
With golden grain, lie prone beneath the flood’s
So pass the days of Winter’s reign,
With treacherous interludes and sunny days
Dispersed between, o’er hill and dale his sway
Supreme; while Ocean, with hoarse voice, his rule
Acclaims, and bows to his stern will.
Yet Winter’s power shall wane. The storms shall have
A resting place, the raging winds a home.
Destiny hath limits set, and Death shall find
A tomb. For One shall come, whose subtle wiles
Shall call forth from somber earth the wreathed smiles,
Melting her frozen heart to tenderness;
ART : ‘Bouquet’ ~ Greg Spalenka (Left)
The while sweet Joy is born. And with Joy, Song
The triumph of returning Life, the wonder
Of the Spring!