Winter's Rose

a poem by the Wynn Brothers​


This poem was inspired by the series of photographs taken by Terra Mulholland Yates. ​It offers a poetic look at how the growth of a girl into a woman shapes the world around her.


Click below to view the photos on the photographer's site.

Winter’s Rose


The Wynn Brothers

Copyright © 2014 Pretend Pictures Inc.



Spring saw her birth

Summer saw her grow

Autumn robbed the Earth

And covered her in snow


The trees have lost their leaves

As torrid winds have blown

Taken by Fallen thieves

As fleeing birds have flown


She's left with the unknown

To forage, to find, and to earn

This Winter she's alone

Many lessons she will learn


The past is left behind

Washed clean by the sweeping snow

New treasures she'll find 

New life she'll soon know


Be it good, be it bad

She'll face it all on her own

Be it happy, be it sad

She'll reap what she has sown


Though she appears lost

She is now free

Her childhood was the cost

But a woman she’ll soon be


I know I'll see her when the snow disappears

I know I'll see her when the birds return

This is the prayer flowing through my tears

This is the destiny for which I yearn 



An angel not yet with wings

A hunter awaiting her first kill

She's the song nature sings

The fate of man at her will


When she learns to play her part

Then she'll dazzle and shine

She'll win the world's heart

Just as she has mine


She will need patience

She will need a strong will

She will need a sixth sense

To survive Winter's long chill


Winter had only one rule

She'd need to master it to survive

Wisdom without focus is a fool

Only purpose keeps you alive




She's not what she seems

She's not what they say

She haunts my dreams

She poisons my day


She has struck down many men

They have been powerful and Great

She can turn blessing to sin

She can decide your fate


She's the Winter's Rose

But not a rose at all

She's more than anyone knows

She can make the greatest fall


Alexander knows her name

He conquered the world and wept

Then she extinguished his flame

And forevermore he slept


Her beauty they easily see

That's their first mistake

She's more than they want her to be 

A closer look they should take


She is God’s greatest gift

As are they all

Civilization is hers to lift

Without her it will fall