Poetry Friday: How a Cedar Wears Snow

This is the second in a series of poems I’m writing on how trees wear snow in the winter.

A snowy path in the woods with low-hanging boughs after the recent snow. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2022.
Cedar boughs covered in snow outline the tiniest of scales. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023.
How a Cedar Wears Snow

My branches called boughs
Are bending low, in a frown

Snow came, fast, wet, and heavy
Making my boughs bow down 

Leaning over, I look sad 
Under the weight of the snow

My scales are another type of 
Coniferous difference, don’t you know?

Catching the frozen precipitation
On my tiniest scale

Outlining my bough to the very tip
Leaving human artwork to pale.

It is the winter when I,
A Great Cedar can bend 

And not break.
Still standing guard to lend

The Northern Forest, I call home,
To look like a child’s snow dome.

© Draft, Carol Labuzzetta, 2023
Second in a Series of Poems on How Trees Wear Snow
Carol lives in the Upper Midwest and is a published American Writer.
Bent over cedars are plentiful in the forest after snow. © Carol Labuzzettqa, 2023.
Our road today as it looks after the recent snow. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023.

Today is Poetry Friday. Catherine Flynn is this week’s host for the round-up at her blog, Reading to the Core. Be sure to visit for inspiring poetry on change and links to other poets! Thanks for hosting, Catherine.

14 thoughts

  1. Carol, your photos look like a dreamland for trees. I love looking at snow falling down in forests. It is so peaceful a setting. Trees know how to bend and bough during winter time as you helped us understand what it looks like in the upper midwest.


  2. “a child’s snow dome” among other lines are beautiful, Carol. I’ve taken a lot of pics, too, of the evergreens in my garden & neighborhood with snow. I love all your pics but my favorite is that 2nd one, an intriguing art pattern. Happy New Year! Wishing you more cedars and snow ahead!

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