She is steady and intrusive
Unwelcomed by many
But like any good soldier
She knows she must invade the landscape.
Because of her
The daylight surrenders to the darkness
Leaving us with no other option
But to huddle in
With another warm body.
She will sting you with her bitter chill
Yet she will also blanket the ground
With a white canvas
Making the sullen and withered atmosphere
Seem majestic and alive.
We damn her to go
Beg her to forget her calling, her purpose
We plead for respite from the barren soil
But isn’t respite what she brings?
Is not Winter a time for closeness
A period of reflection, a standstill from the chaos?
Her winds whip us into submission
Forcing us to retreat back inside
To seek refuge in our lover’s arms
Or solace in the glow of a child’s face
Reflecting back the dance of embers
From a once cold and dismal hearth.
We sulk over the lack of color
Because the lush and swollen branches
Have been stripped of life and shelter
Ahhh, but Winter beckons us
To see beyond what is no longer there
And witness the stunning and stark contrast
Of a deliciously red Cardinal
Against the muted hue of grey.
Winter allows us to examine
An abandoned nest
Reminding us that life is merely resting
For such a time as this.
An icicle is Winter’s sculpture
Worthy of jealousy from the master’s
Formed by a perfect moment
An organic blend of the elements
Dazzling my eyes, and taking my breath.
On a glorious day suffocated by sunlight
Winter reminds us of her magnificence
As the beams radiate off of a fresh glaze of snow
Bathing us in brightness
Greater than one thousand days of summer.
Her time left is short
The daylight is pushing against her army
Her energy is fading
And she can no longer hold her claim
Over the renewal lying underneath.
Winter begins succumb to another mighty power
And will relinquish her duties
As her prophecy is now fulfilled
She can rest under the care of Spring
Knowing her purpose is great
Even if unwanted-
This is Winter’s fight.
- Winter’s Time (judysdiamondyear.com)
- Liquid sky (wordsandphotographs.com)
- Winter Sunset, Les Salines, Saint Martin de Bréhal (normandierentals.wordpress.com)
- Winter Beauty (meakinsspeak.com)