December Omen – Star

A worn, slightly damaged tinsel star with small electric lights

A star made in imitation
Of an ancient sign
Journeys begun unexpectedly
After long waiting
What gifts will we bring?

  • Copyright Kay Winter

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November Omen – Early Moon

A small half moon in a pale sky seen through bare branches

Up early enough
For the morning moon
Branches bare
We have come
An impossible distance

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October Omen – Snow Shadow

A line of light and shadow cast in snow

Shadows and landscape edges
The troll face of trickery and treats
The year about to get lost
Crossing into dark woods
Passage, shadow, mystery, magic

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September Omen – Green Path

A path of green living plants among melted snow.

The sky opens behind the path of the year
Waiting for me to cross or follow
Change, chance, opportunity
Green going and snow coming.

  • Copyright Kay Winter
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August Omen – Footprints

A goose print snow

We’ll leave things behind us
The spaces where we were
In summer
the lake water folding over our shoulders
Summer rain running off our fingertips into the earth.
A footprint in the August sand
like the goose in snow.

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July Omen – Path and Bramble

A snowy sidewalk surrounded on both sides by bare tree branches and shrubbery

A clearer path through

Tree and bramble

Bare (waiting)

under the same sun as summer.

  • Copyright Kay Winter

June Omen – Tangle Days

A tangle of branches and vines, with a snowy road

A road (sunlight, leaves) visible
Through a tangle
Of days ending

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May Omen – Snowprints

Footprints in the snow with shadows.

My steps
Or another’s?
Were we coming or going?
Snow shadows
And the heady scent
Of evening lilacs.

  • Copyright Kay Winter
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April Omen – Summer Remnants

A dried hydrangea blossom and morning glory seed pods with a dusting of snow

Summer remnants
And small seeds of patience
Waiting for the spring wind
To let go.

  • Copyright Kay Winter

March Omen – Cloud Geese

Distant geese fly in a sky of gray clouds and blue sky

Clouds open for
The flight of distant geese
The month of time
In flight

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