Cardinal blossoms atop
a bramble bush
its colourful mop of furry
within the splash of wintry snow
no fear of predators
is this bird from southern trails
pushing tightly against
a wayward wind,
feels no sting of January fever
gathering inside its puff of warmth.
Red chest exhales a grunt
of satisfying delight,
such a bird in an afternoon sun
a prince among natural grace.
© Richard L. Provencher