“Feathers and Root Cellars”

Photo is my own, taken at the Riverwalk in Rock Hill, November 2012


I watch
these mornings as I trek through the forest
as Nature’s creatures make preparations
for the coming cold.
I always take a moment to watch
to smile and wonder
what their busy work means.
old wives’ tales
herald a harsh winter when birds
and rodents
spend months gathering nuts and berries
preparing a root-cellar of supplies
so I too begin to feather my nest
airing thick blankets
and sweaters and heavy socks
knitting warm hats and mittens and scarves
that I wear to keep warm
as I make the trek out to the forest
and watch the creatures of Nature prepare
for a long, cold winter.


Written to answer the challenge at d’Verse, which asks us to look at the ways in which we prepare for things to come; in this case, preparing for a cold, snowy Winter.

10 thoughts on ““Feathers and Root Cellars”

  1. I enjoyed this. Yes, all of the creatures of nature are doing their preparing for winter now as well……just as we are when we ‘feather our nests’ with different things to keep us warm. We can learn a lot from watching nature!

  2. isnt it neat how nature takes care…all the animals either are programmed to do this…or taught by others to store up and prepare…and we as well…the heavy quilt is out and on the bed….my nest is ready….smiles.

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