The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Spring 2010
Jules Riley

Winter Garden

The garden looks lifeless
in February’s cold
and long deep frost,

twigs and branches stripped
by shifting freezing winds
now seem silent sentinels;

but to unburdened plants this time
of freedom from the weight
of flowers and fruit

gives time to swirl and turn
and twirl a dance of joy,
unfettered in the breeze.
©2010 Jules Riley