Expectancy without Expectation: EB White’s The Trees of Winter

As I write this, it is the tail end of winter – just a few more days before the Spring Equinox – and the last part of Lent, looking ahead (but not quite arrived at) Holy Week and Easter. Some of my friends who live in more northerly climes are still getting snow. It’s a good time to think about waiting, and about the way that waiting is an essential part of a fruitful life.

I took up that theme — what I called ‘expectancy without expectation’ in this reflection on E.B. White’s poem “The Trees of Winter”, which I wrote for Kelly Belmonte’s excellent blog All Nine Muses: you can read the whole thing here. Enjoy!


Dr. Holly Ordway is a poet, academic, and Christian apologist. She is the chair of the Department of Apologetics and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and the author of Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith. Her work focuses on imaginative and literary apologetics, with special attention to C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.