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Winter Trees

Henry Farrer (American, 1843–1903).  
Winter Scene in Moonlight (detail), 1869. 
Watercolor and gouache on white wove paper;
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Winter Trees
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

—William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

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