20 February – Winter’s best

More than crisp fresh snow,
bright white mistletoe,
or any other Winter treat,
there’s one favourite sight,
one utter delight,
that has everything else firmly beat.
The absolute best
is tree silhouettes
reaching across every view
to point out the splendour
of delicious dusk colour –
rich pinks against deepening blue.
For this joy alone,
I refuse to moan
when Winter drags her feet,
for although it’s a trial
when cold stretches for miles,
there is nothing that can compete
with the beauty of trees
stripped back to their seams
– every single finger defined –
as they gently shift
while sky-scenes drift
into glorious sunsets behind.