"Storm Clouds" by Albert Bierstadt‘Nature’s War’ by Pat Tyrer The Society November 13, 2021 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments . Nature’s War From far beneath the frozen soil the iris pushes high,Extending wide it reaches up to touch the sun and sky. Yet in the greening of the grass, the snows of winter stayas northern winds descend again to keep the spring away. The winds remain and daily howl but spring will have her dayshe’ll yet appear with sweeter breezes driving cold away. The daffodil will blossom forth and join the bitter frayOf sleeting crystals frozen quick whose razors flowers splay. Again the sun consorts with spring to bring the birds to nestMesquite trees bloom and signal all that winter’s now at rest. And all abide these rules of war, old winter takes his bedAnd spring consorts with Mother Sun till summer rears her head. . . Pat Tyrer holds the Jenny Lind Porter Professorship in English at West Texas A&M University and has been on the faculty of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages since 2002. Her creative work has appeared in Readers’ Digest, Quiet Mountain Essays, Front Porch Review, and Plum Tree Tavern and includes two books of poetry, Creative Hearts and Western Spaces, Western Places. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News: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 jd November 13, 2021 Lovely, as is the painting. Reply Patricia J Tyrer February 18, 2022 Thank you. The photo is indeed quite lovely. Best, Reply C.B. Anderson November 13, 2021 Almost. The contrasts could be sharper and the confluences more mellow in this paean to the changing of the season. The iris fades too quickly and blooms later than the daffodil in most climates, but you are on the right track. Reply Patricia J Tyrer February 18, 2022 Thank you C.B. I appreciate your generous and constructive comments–very helpful to me. Reply Leave a Reply to C.B. Anderson Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.