The Reason We Winter

By Emalisa Rose

Diabolical winds redistribute all
we had planted. In the exchange,
our roses now dandelions. 

The patches of strawberries wail
in the distance, caught in the
coroner’s clasp.

Born to the raw earth, we pledge
our allegiance, coming up from the
muck and the mire, seven months
post the once potent nor'easter -

pink proud perennials,
embracing the reason we winter.

When not writing poetry, Emalisa Rose enjoys crafting and hiking. She walks with a birding group through the area’s trails, twice a month. She volunteers in animal rescue, tending to cat colonies. Her latest collections are On the whims of the crosscurrents, published by Red Wolf Editions and Connected by Sparrows, published by Origami Poems Project.

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