"Winter Landscape" by Caspar Friedrich‘Coats’ by Stephen Ramsek The Society January 22, 2021 Beauty, Culture, High School Submissions, Poetry 4 Comments . A coat of luminescent snow Descended on my patch of grass, And for a moment all its glow Inflamed my eyes like burnished brass. And in a moment it had gone, But not withdrawn; it nimbly turned Into a floodplain on my lawn, A flood of slushing drops concerned With nothing other than escape Into the empty winter ground. But then the sun in its bright cape Emerged to melt the snowy mound, And curls of mist ascended high, The sun enticing every flake And drop to leave its place and fly To fill an elevated lake. And so they did, and left my lawn That night with but a trace of snow… And at the coldly trembling dawn Another layer fell. And so The coat departed and returned, Descending when the clouds decreed And rising when the white sun burned. These things recounted, this word heed: Unlike the white of snowy plains, Which thaws, and dims, and disappears, Our coat of righteousness remains And God Himself our burden bears; The birth of one anointed child, His guiltless life and lonely death, Allowed us to be reconciled To Him who‘ll grant us Heaven’s wreath. . . Stephen Ramsek, 12th grade, God’s Grace Academy, Kentucky NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Leo Zoutewelle January 22, 2021 Truth – beautifully framed! Thank you, Stephen. Reply Stephen Ramsek January 22, 2021 Thank you, Leo! Soli Deo gloria! Reply Paul Freeman January 22, 2021 Faultless iambic tetrameters and sustained alternate line rhyme. And what imagery! Don’t let anyone tell you that poetry is anything but a life-affirming pursuit, Mr Ramsek. You are very gifted. Reply Stephen Ramsek January 22, 2021 Thank you, Paul! Soli Deo gloria! I agree, and I think the power of poetry lies in its metaphorical and parabolic qualities, which allow the poet to accentuate truthful statements and make his meaning more impactful. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.