winter’s eve


winter’s eve

apple frozen on the tree
about as nice as ice can be

you center slice of leafless sky
pupil coiling clouded eye

wine-rued skin–thin as thin
still you hold a flesh within

as soft as face of once-was friend
as tough as any leathered stem

though the knowledge you impart,
may, like sweetness, veer toward rot

oh apple tethering seed to tree,
can you tell the end of me–


here’s a draft poem just because; no prompt.  Have a wonderful new year and thanks so much for all your support of my writing this year.   

ps: the above pic was taken tonight and the below, a couple of years ago.



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11 Comments on “winter’s eve”

  1. hedgewitch Says:

    What a contrast to your other poem(the Wegener prompt) It couldn’t be more stark. How much sober joy there is in the world here, and the rhyme is so lighthearted yet true and full of wonderful color and thoughts. I especially like the last two couplets, that bring us into nature’s wheel so realistically, yet so gracefully. Lovely poem, k and a pleasure to read, like the first bite of the very best sort of crisp juicy(not yet veering) apple.Happy New Year!

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha. Thanks. yes–I hated to leave the year on the Wegener poem so posted this after. I maybe just went too Grim in that one. Not sure about the end. This one I played with several other couplets but tried to keep short so ended up with these. Happy New Year back. K.

  2. Steve King Says:

    This seems like such a light and lilting verse at first read…so compact and direct, yet at the end, asking the right question. Very beautifully crafted. Happy New Year to all, Karin.
    Steve K.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thank you so much, Steve. Best to you and yours too! We are hoping for snow up here (in the Catskills) but that said, it’s been nice to be actually able to hike around in December! Take care, k.

      On Fri, Jan 1, 2016 at 10:49 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


      • Steve King Says:

        I’d be very happy for the snow to come to the Adirondacks and the Catskills, leaving Albany dry! Are you familiar with Susan Chast’s presence on the blogs? She’s in the northern Catskills in Greene County. Just found that out. She worked up here many years ago, and we probably passed each other on the streets of downtown Albany many times. Smaller and smaller world.

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        I do know Susan Chast’s work–I had a sense she was somewhere up here–but didn’t know where exactly. It is a strange small world–the idea that we are in communication with Kerry O’Connor half way across the world– I don’t really go into your neck of the woods much except occasionally to Glimmerglass, which is closer over there, and so terrific. Enjoy all! k.

  3. Mama Zen Says:

    This is incredibly lovely, K!

  4. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    This is so melodious. The way you address the frozen apple reminds me of classical poetry, but the wit is fresh and the word play spot on.

    as nice as ice can be…

    Love that line.

    • Kerry O'Connor Says:

      P.S. On reading your comment to Steve King, one may add that Kerry O’Connor, halfway around the world is delighted to read about frozen apples in the middle of her summer. Neither time zones, hemispheres nor seasons can prevent the amazing gift of communication that is given by the world wide web.

      Best wishes for a productive 2016!

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        It is astonishing. It certainly has been a great delight to me to read your poetry–as sad as it is to hear firsthand about the terrible drought. Many thanks, Kerry, and best wishes for a productive 2016 to you as well! k.

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