cotoneaster brilliance


Unless you’re crushed, you cannot be poured,

Unless you’re struck, we can’t hear your chord;

Unless you’ve bled, you can’t feel my pain;

Unless you freeze, your colours are plain. 


It is only after the frost that our world puts on a show. 

Hang in there – your best is yet to come….

32 comments on “Afterward

  1. Beautiful Melody. I’m hanging in there, just like a kitty on the tree! The best is yet to come…

  2. Oh wow…this is poignant. And beautifully so. Great reminder that there’s purpose in pain. Thank you for sharing your gift with words.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks, Patty! There IS purpose in pain – or there would be no cross and ultimately, no redemption. Wishing it were not so does nothing to dull the pain – and in fact, helps mute the glorious colours. (Been there, done that…)

  3. Pam says:

    your comments above remind me of one of my favorite books that I learned so much from Hannah Hunnard’s “Hinds Feet on High Places” – have you read it?

  4. What a message! I always click “like” because of the images and if I have time, I come back and read. So glad I read!! Melody, I need to share this with someone. It’s the perfect message for what they’re experiencing. It’s truly anointed.

  5. Caddo says:

    Ohhhh, this is SO WONDERFUL, Mel! I love the photo, beautiful–and I LOVE the message in the poem. It speaks very personally to me this week, so that I can rejoice in the difficult moments–HE IS GOOD. God bless you BIG–love, sis Caddo

  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    The resulting colours are a beautiful reminder of the best and how it came to be.

  7. Gallivanta says:

    Good to know there is better to come 🙂

  8. v4vikey says:

    Absolutely great photograph

  9. This is a beautiful poem with such great truth.

  10. Geraldine says:

    thoughtful words and a beautiful image.

  11. goodness gracious Melody ! Ever felt you have suddenly felt fire beneath ice and death was really LIFE ? this was a faraway Lark’s song! Faithfully ~Debbie

  12. Just wanted to add, in my voice, that this poem is wonderful.

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