From sun and shining glitter of spring light
To snow sound absorbing grey
From the gurgling water of blackbird fountain
To the thick unexpected silence of smothering snow
So the world swerves,
From plenty to penury.
Last brambling of the winter knows he was right to stay
Finding a seed in the snow
The precipitous apple blossom turns from pink to brown,
unopened, above his heedless head.