Hunters in the Snow: Bare Thorns

Hunters in the Snow (the thorns)

Hunters in the Snow: The Bare Thorns

February is a wind
that cuts through the bare thorns
of the rose bushes.

Never mind the hum
of small black gnats that possess
the air. .

Better to remember
a rose’s scent. Your father’s voice.
What makes you laugh.

And I set my pen aside
and listened – because I am
the hunter’s earbone.


Ekphrastic poem based on Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow, 1565. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter

11 responses to “Hunters in the Snow: Bare Thorns”

  1. This is such an interesting poem! I love every stanza and find it fascinating trying to link them. Just absolute intriguing. The kind of poetry I crave.

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    1. Thank you so much!! 😊

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  2. What a brilliant last line. Where did you get that one from!

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    1. Boots audiologist. He was explaining to Mr Misky what was up from down, and this bone from that bone. He was offered a free hearing test for his birthday. 😂

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      1. 👍 Careful with Boots. They gave me a free hearing test, then tried to con me into paying for hearing aids which I was entitled to for nothing on the NHS!

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        1. He told the audiologist that he was no more deaf than his wife, and that it suited us both well. 😂 I think he agreed to go to the mall just so he could claim a free cake from Costa. He had freebie stuff coming at him from all sides the other day.

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          1. Sounds like a productive and inexpensive day! 😂

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  3. Love it all, Misky; but I’m particularly enamored of the rhythmicity of the penultimate stanza.

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  4. I agree with Hobbo 🥰

    I love that last line 🤩

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    1. Thank you, David! ❤️

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