Winter branches

Written as a series of #sixwordstory tweets and tweaked into a short poem.


Pale sun casts deep shadows long,

Wind in leaves sings winter’s song.

Roses fall with never a sound,

Petals scatter upon the frozen ground.

Stark branches sway, aflutter with birds,

Whispers the sedge its secret words.

When dawn breaks, chasing sombre night,

Robin sings the winter dark light.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

22 thoughts on “Winter branches”

      1. My voice broken by sore throat
        But fingers move deftly on keyboard.

        — Huh, another six word couplet. Today must be my day.
        Down with sore throat for last few days.

    1. You’re right that for a poem that sounds much better. All the lines are six words long because they were each a six word story. But since I tweaked them to get a poem and a rhyme, there’s no reason why I had to stick with six words, so yes, I’ll probably change it to what you suggest 🙂

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