Art and a Winter Landscape
Shadows stretch their arms
as they lie upon a bed rumpled
by trails of footprints
disappearing into the distance
like a perspective drawing
of converging railway tracks.
Blanketed with snow-laden pines,
mountains watch the shadows sleep
under a ceiling of cirrus cloud –
their contours sketched upon a vast canvas.
Blue – everything is swathed in shades of blue:
smoke curling up from chimneys,
sky, snow-capped mountains, ice on the lake –
reflections of Picasso’s Blue Period;
the light – crisp, sharp and focused –
a tribute to nature’s artistry
as she paints a winter landscape.
After the Rain
Ebony skies obscure wooly clouds
and swallow stars,
gurgling gutters gargle,
blurry moony-eyed lights
stagger along wet pavement
below each streetlamp.
The night is drunk with ozone –
saturated, exhilarated, out of focus;
headlights scan the darkness
as homeward-bound cars
swoosh through puddles
on slick streets
unaware of the hedonistic delights
the night has to offer.
FERN G. Z. CARR is the President of Project Literacy Kelowna Society, a lawyer, teacher and past President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A Full Member of and former Poet-in-Residence for the League of Canadian Poets, this Pushcart Prize nominee composes and translates poetry in six languages including Mandarin Chinese. Carr has been published extensively world-wide from Finland to Mauritius. Honours include having been cited as a contributor to the Prakalpana Literary Movement in India as well as having had her work taught at West Virginia University, set to music by a Juno-nominated musician, and featured online in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Her poem, “I Am”, was chosen by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate as Poem of the Month for Canada. Carr is thrilled to have another one of her poems currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft. www.ferngzcarr.com