Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater
The shape of trees against the winter landscape and winter sky reveals much of their character that is obscured by their leafy crowns during the growing season. Seen from a distance, we may think of their skeletal branching forms as lifeless. However, if we take time to look closely at the winter buds at the tip of each twig, we may connect with the “summer secret.” Consider this winter twig of the butternut whose downy bud contains the embryonic beginnings for future leaves and flowers.
During the time of winter’s call for you to rest and nurture your creative potential, what lies within the protected space of your tender hopes and intentions?
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