Cardinals In The Snow


I woke to snow falling;

two cardinals huddled in the bitter cold

as they rested in a bush outside my window.

I always take cardinals as a sign from beyond,

departed loved ones saying hello,

we’re still here,

you’re not alone.


Today they brought news.

Happy news– a birth,

a beautiful rose blooming

through winter’s chill.


Today they brought news.

Sad news– a death,

aged and ailing,

a great tree felled in the night.


Only days ago

the old year died

and a new year was born.

The cycle of life goes on

whether we like it or not.


Today the cardinals visited

to say hello,

we’re still here,

you are not alone.


~Elise Skidmore ©2017

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