Thick, gray clouds painted themselves
Over the cerulean blue sky,
Dragging cold, graceful shadows
Across the once vibrant land
In confident brush strokes.
Willow branches empty of leaves fall limp,
Dripping like watery paint
Onto the arched bridge,
Its alabaster planks streaked
A deep, foreboding hue.
Beloved water lilies succumb,
Icy water contaminating and
Drowning pale pink petals,
Their verdant pads receding into frigid,
Somber depths of muddled oil paints.
Wind whistles through vacant limbs,
Lifting stubborn leaves and powdered snow,
As sturdy trunks creak like old easels
And ripples whisper on the pond’s surface,
A solemn sound traveling undisturbed.
Tall grasses bow under icy blankets,
Falling in rounded mounds like unused paint
Against resting trees with rough bark,
Surrounding an empty clearing of fresh dirt
Like admirers of a work of art.
Weak rays of gold delicately
Accent the dull ground with a gentle hand,
The contrast drawing the eye
To look upon the artist’s resting place,
Alight with a dazzling, pearlescent sheen.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.