Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

.Frost Flowers


Bits and pieces, drops of life
Falling petals, crystal moments
Stage-set in translucent glass
in the snow.

Wondrous heartshapes, sunburst rain
Disremembered, hidden glitter
Lest the petals do not last
in the snow.

Wondrous heartaches, starburst pain
In encrested golden orbs,
Fragile vessels, frozen fast
in the snow.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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  • Daniel Brick (3/5/2014 10:40:00 AM)

    I love the language of this poem, it perfectly captures the delicate pattern of frost flowers. Now I'm assuming frost flowers is a metaphor for the patterns created on windows by frost when the temperature outside is really cold. And ironically these frost flowers are transient and fragile like real flowers in spring or summer. The cold can grip a city for days, but the frost flowers disappear in a breath. I like the way the images in the second and third stanzas echo each other: wondrous heartshapes/wondrous heartaches. And that refrain: in the snow!
    I live in Minnesota and right now there is a mound of snow piled against my patio fence like a frozen wave poised to crash down on my door. And so your evocation of one of the delicate features of winter is especially welcome. (Report) Reply

  • Sheri Brown (2/24/2014 5:17:00 PM)

    Ahhhh memories, this is a very well written piece, beautiful imagery, very descriptive, I appreciate reading this gem. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my piece Deliver Us from Evil I love your style :) (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (7/13/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    A beautiful imagery of flowers encrusted in the snow. There
    is beauty that is also found in the winter. So very good in
    wording and details. Please read my poem Snowflakes and
    Diamonds in the Sky. (Report) Reply

  • Oyekake Satty (o. S.) Joshua (6/29/2013 7:11:00 AM)

    Who are you Adeline? This is simply beautiful and flows so rhythmically. It's so evocative that I find myself transported in a snow covered flower garden admiring these frozen petals! You are truly gifted, Adeline! ! (Report) Reply

  • Emily Slm (2/22/2013 9:01:00 PM)

    oh look, i have already been awed by this poem. well, i still like it a lot (Report) Reply

  • Frank Mceleny (9/3/2012 11:58:00 PM)

    I like the imagry of snow. I came from a dirty little industrial town on the banks of the River Clyde. It had blackened sandstoned tenements and a thousand smoking chimney pots that looked down on hard cobbled narrow streets. Hard town, hard people, but then the snow. The town is set in the hill of a deep valley and I lived on one of the highest streets, and when the snow came it came heavy and it lingered there and it covered everything and suddenly it was clean, virginal. A late night snow meant no footprints, only unblemished white garments and silence. Could this be a taste of heaven, this muffled silence, this purity, this removing or covering of dirt? These were my thoughts as a troubled young boy from a broken home where silence only ever came in the dead of the night. Yet, like that silence in the night, I knew the snow would not last and so it was only there for a moment to be savored. There Adeline, see what your poem has made me write :) ..........Frank (Report) Reply

  • Edwin Baldwin (8/31/2012 10:10:00 PM)

    A feminine take on the bits and pieces that are the indwelled memories of our lives… very lovely and, telling indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Besa Dede (3/4/2012 8:11:00 PM)

    Bits and pieces, drops of life
    Falling petals, crystal moments
    Stage-set in translucent glass
    in the snow.
    Time goes by so fast, for everyone! Adeline, you really captured life in those verses! Great poem (Report) Reply

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