Poetry Sunday: The Garden in Winter by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The garden in winter can appear to be a pretty barren place, but as Lucy Maud Montgomery surely understood... 
"Safe beneath the snowdrifts lie 
Rainbow buds of by-and-by" 
"Though the winds are keen and chill
Roses' hearts are beating still" 
The barrenness is an illusion; in fact, the garden in winter is full of life. And dreams.

The Garden in Winter

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Frosty-white and cold it lies 
Underneath the fretful skies; 
Snowflakes flutter where the red 
Banners of the poppies spread, 
And the drifts are wide and deep 
Where the lilies fell asleep. 

But the sunsets o'er it throw 
Flame-like splendor, lucent glow, 
And the moonshine makes it gleam 
Like a wonderland of dream, 
And the sharp winds all the day 
Pipe and whistle shrilly gay. 

Safe beneath the snowdrifts lie 
Rainbow buds of by-and-by; 
In the long, sweet days of spring 
Music of bluebells shall ring, 
And its faintly golden cup 
Many a primrose will hold up. 

Though the winds are keen and chill 
Roses' hearts are beating still, 
And the garden tranquilly 
Dreams of happy hours to be­
In the summer days of blue 
All its dreamings will come true. 


  1. Appropriate poem for the beginning of February, that month when it seems winter will never end.

    1. It certainly seems that way in some parts of the country; here, we're expecting temperatures in the 70s this week and spring is peeking over the windowsill.

  2. What a beautiful poem! I love the rhyme.

    1. I think this poem represents what most people think of when they think of poetry.

  3. What a delightful poem to remind us that the garden is still alive and dreaming during this seemingly endless season.

    1. The season undoubtedly seems endless in your part of the country. Around here, if we blink we just about miss it.


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