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Poetry Sunday-Rising With The Snow

snow rose


Rising With The Snow



As October skies diminish their light,

Flower beds begin to pull their covers tight.

Bid farewell to Susan and Petunia hanging low-

As we greet Pansy and Rose still rising with the snow.



 © Donna Donabella 2011



This is an early poem inspired by the later fall garden.  I wrote it as I watched October fade with the autumn light, and the days turned grayer, and the daylight hours shorter.  The girl’s names are also flowers that grow in my garden.  It isn’t unusual to see roses and pansies blooming right up until the first substantial snow, seen sometimes in late October.  Thankfully not this October!




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

old snow roses collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday, and with Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) photo linkup party at image-in-ing.



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Special Note:  The roses pictured here grow in my summer garden, and bloom again in fall.  They make an amazing picture when the snow encases them.  These photos were from a few years ago when we had an early October snow.




I leave you with a few additional words about the first snow in the garden.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

oct skies-snow rose

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. October 25, 2015    

    Chilly perfection.
    I am always amazed at how resilient plants are. Heat, rain, wind, snow and they will be back next year. With no complaints. A lesson I should take on board.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Me too…I am still learning the lesson my friend!

  2. October 25, 2015    

    I love the use of names – it hints at a closeness to things which warm us and welcome us..i have hopes for Pansy and Rose – they may offer a different comfort but a comfort none the less..and yes..thank heavens no snow just yet..another radiant and in its quiet way joyous poem

    • October 28, 2015    

      So grateful for your lovely words Jae.

  3. October 25, 2015    

    beautiful…and couldn’t agree more with comments from the gals above!

  4. October 25, 2015    

    Absolutely breathtaking…! Such beautiful work 😀

    Lots of love,

  5. October 25, 2015    

    Prettily imagined, observed and written.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Much appreciated Rosemary…nature is a wonderful thing!

  6. October 25, 2015    

    For some reason this year is one of the most beautiful for late bloomers…it’s not bad being a late bloomer…

    Beautiful shots Donna and I hope that you remain snow free for a bit longer this year, it’s been one of extremes for a lot of gardeners.

    Thanks again for your beautiful contribution to RURAL, this is one late blooming dream that is fluttering free….


    • October 28, 2015    

      My pleasure Jen….we are being hammered by tropical storm patricia but no snow!

  7. October 25, 2015    

    The snow on the rose, a beautiful contrast.

    • October 28, 2015    

      It is one of the most beautiful sights Elena!

  8. October 25, 2015    

    Like the image of flower beds pulling their covers tight…

    • October 28, 2015    

      It is a favorite line of mine too!

  9. October 25, 2015    

    There is such beauty in those flowers covered in snow… somehow they make me remember the stark beauty of death.

    • October 28, 2015    

      I agree Bjorn….every spring I see my flowers weighed down by snow too….then it seems strength is emphasized.

  10. October 25, 2015    

    No snow here as of yet and to that I am grateful. I remember once there was snow in May and the flowers were covered and it was such a beautiful contrast. The wonder of nature is about survival.

    • October 28, 2015    

      I am grateful that the snow has held off here too. Almost yearly we have snow in April and May and the garden survives.

  11. October 25, 2015    

    beautiful photos and words.
    after this scorching southern summer, i am looking forward to the relief of winter.

    • October 28, 2015    

      I am also looking forward to some rest with winter…just hoping it is not so brutal this year.

  12. October 25, 2015    

    “….still rising with the snow….” as do our spirits, my friend, when we read these fine words of yours.

    • October 28, 2015    

      You are too kind Sherry….happy you enjoyed the poem.

  13. October 25, 2015    

    Just beautiful.

  14. ZQ ZQ
    October 25, 2015    

    Donna, sorry for not visiting lately …have not been feeling up to “snuff”, but as usual this turns out to be one of my favorite visual/poetry sites.

    • October 28, 2015    

      I am so sorry to hear you were not feeling well….I hope you are feeling better. And I am bowled over by your high praise…thank you!

  15. October 25, 2015    

    Amazing! How roses surrounded by snow still rise in strong beauty!

  16. October 25, 2015    

    your closeness to the beauty and resilience of these blooms is endearing

    thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime

    much love…

    • October 28, 2015    

      I do enjoy being in nature to observe my surroundings.

  17. October 25, 2015    

    It is nice to know that though we say farewell to some flowers we still have others yet to greet…..
    the cycle of life.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Yes the beauty of that cycle is amazing.

  18. October 25, 2015    

    I suppose being more woody the rose can persist until Christmas while other need their sleep!

    • October 28, 2015    

      Very good…I expect that is a main reason Robin!

  19. October 25, 2015    

    Snow on blush… beautiful! Never have I seen snow on roses here. Gorgeous!
    I love the words you cobble together to tell their names and draw us in:)
    Thanks for sharing your stories, friend…..we’re all the richer:)

    • October 28, 2015    

      Too, too kind Jennifer…I am pleased that this gave you such joy!

  20. October 25, 2015    

    This is treat! “Flower beds begin to pull their covers tight.” Delightful! You’ve painted a warm picture of that snow-covered flower bed.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Snow actually is great insulation for the flowers as they nap all winter….

  21. October 25, 2015    

    Your intimacy with the blooms is so lovely. Several years ago my quince bushes bloomed early and then it snowed! Such beautifu pink under the ice and snow. This is a lovely photo but the poem is outstanding.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Oh I imagine that scene with the quince was amazing!

  22. October 26, 2015    

    what a beautiful quatrain!
    if only we have such lovely scenes over here.

    • October 28, 2015    

      I am thankful for such beauty here.

  23. October 26, 2015    

    Good morning, pretty poem and gorgeous roses. Lovely words, enjoy your day!

  24. October 26, 2015    

    I love to visit with you in the garden….roses in the snow.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Oh that does please me to hear so….

  25. October 26, 2015    

    Lovely poem and images………thanks for sharing this. Happy Monday!

  26. October 26, 2015    

    The stark contrast of the flower’s color against the cold white snow emphasizes both the fragility of life and its underlying strength to continue. Your words echo the same.


    • October 28, 2015    

      Oh I do love your wonderfully kind words..thank you!

  27. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    October 26, 2015    

    What a beautiful image!

  28. October 26, 2015    

    Exquisite photos! I’ve taken photos like that too, but this year we’ve had no frost and no snow yet. So no snowy roses either.

    Coming to you via Mosaic Monday today. Thanks for a lovely visit.

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog Brenda…..we have not had any snow either, but we finally had a frost and again many flowers survived.

  29. October 26, 2015    

    Such a a peaceful image–mother tucking two darlings into bed, letting others stay up longer.

    • October 28, 2015    

      I do enjoy your perceptions of my poems Susan…you do have a knack for seeing what I am seeing.

  30. October 26, 2015    

    Such pretty roses and snow. The image is sweet and mild in the autumn light.

    • October 28, 2015    

      So very pleased you enjoyed the poem.

  31. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    October 27, 2015    

    Wonderful description of winter’s arrival Donna.

    • October 28, 2015    

      Isn’t nature amazing especially as the seasons turn.

  32. October 27, 2015    

    I agree with all of the comments….lovely and perfect for this time of year. Sweet hugs, Diane

  33. October 28, 2015    

    so lovely! both your words + the pretty pink roses!

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