A Winter Cardinal

It’s cold and rainy today. This morning, clutching a mug of hot coffee, I looked out the kitchen windows overlooking the backyard and the garden. A single cardinal sat on a withered branch of the nectarine tree. There’s something about a cardinal in winter, its red feathers reminding me of summer, even on the coldest of days.



Cold wind rattles leaves
still hanging on the beech trees,
bark the color of the frozen sky.
Cardinal on a withered branch,
feathers brilliant as the summer sun.


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