Poetry, Writing

Winter’s Breath

I love the transition between fall to winter. It is breathtaking and beautiful. In honor of that transition I wrote a poem to reflect the coming of Old Man Winter.

Let the snow fall.

– Rae

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Winter’s Breath

It started slowly,

the breeze picking up

with a gentle rustling of leaves

sending it spiraling towards

the night sky.

 

Little shapes,

unique icy kisses,

began to blanket everything

they touched with –

playful abandon.

Their clouds no longer

able to keep them at bay.

 

On a sigh,

the tree’s bare branches

shivered in awareness of the

approaching presence.

Swaying they started to dance

in welcome.

 

Furry creatures stirred in their

slumber,

for they were cold

but content while the

new season awakened,

crooning to them to stay at rest.

 

The night came alive with

a passion so achingly familiar,

a yearly guest that was mourned

each time it passed.

 

Even the forests ancients respected its

gift,

allowing the stars and moon

to light a slivery path

in a silent offering for guidance

to the hardships likely to come.

 

For Old Man Winter could be cruel,

condemning those who mocked

him on those long cold nights,

as they wished for him to remain

sleeping.

 

And yet winter’s temper was mild tonight,

for he was in awe of the changes

made during his slumber.

His voice was loving as he whispered,

I’m back my children.

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