It lifts existence on a plane of snow
One level higher than the earth below,
One level nearer heaven overhead,
And last year’s berries shining scarlet red.
It lifts a gaunt luxuriating beast
Where he can stretch and hold his highest feat
On some wild apple tree’s young tender bark,
What well may prove the year’s high girdle mark.
So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.
A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o’clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life’s while to wake and sport.
As Robert Frost aptly said, “You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” In lieu of words, of which I’ve said too much, I offer you pictures and poems on winter… Thank you for your kind and supportive words yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll resume connecting and commenting.
“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.” Andy Goldsworthy
The Snow Storm by Edna St. Vincent Millay
No hawk hangs over in this air:
The urgent snow is everywhere.
The wing adroiter than a sail
Must lean away from such a gale,
Abandoning its straight intent,
Or else expose tough ligament
And tender flesh to what before
Meant dampened feathers, nothing more.
Forceless upon our backs there fall
Infrequent flakes hexagonal,
Devised in many a curious style
To charm our safety for a while,
Where close to earth like mice we go
Under the horizontal snow.
A curious thing happens on the way to meet winter from fall… The snow slows us down, the winds still our minds, and the starkness; the barrenness and the biting cold make us appreciate all that we see… Then we long for the lull to end so we can meet spring. More below…
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” William Blake
In snow thou comest by Emily Dickinson
In snow thou comest –
Thou shalt go with the resuming ground,
The sweet derision of the crow,
And Glee’s advancing sound.
In fear thou comest –
Thou shalt go at such a gait of joy
That man anew embark to live
Upon the depth of thee.
The snow invites us to come join in and have some fun. Sometimes we choose to let loose, and, at other times, we pull ourselves together and choose to rest by the open flames of a hearth fire. Especially when it snows… Reflections: A Winter Eden – Happy New Year ! This is the Chinese year of the Water Dragon! – Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái gōng hè xīn xǐ
What are your thoughts? Do you love the snow and winter? What type of winters do you get? What are your winter pastimes? Do share! Thank you.
Positive Motivation Tip: As we slow down in the winter time, our senses become acutely attuned to the sights and sounds around us… enjoy the moments.
- Snow!? (thegrumpygerman.wordpress.com)
- Snow on the way as cold snap brings winter weather to UK (dailymail.co.uk)
- Winter returns with a vengeance: Seattle to be hit with biggest snow storm in decades (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- 10 o’clock list: The Dos and Don’ts of Eating Snow (thekenyonthrill.com)
- Winters Can Be Difficult (jackiebates.wordpress.com)
- Photographing snow; winters quiet invite (karenmarieimages.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection. Chinese New Year Dragon via Wikipedia