Winter Sun

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Winter sun:

Blue returned to frosty sky,


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Glinting off garden’s evergreens,

Warmth pouring through the windows

Taunting us outside.


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The birds reappeared at sunrise,

Gliding tree to tree,

Breaking their fast on fat frozen berries.


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Calling and chattering they praised the fine day,

Glad to have stayed here awhile,

Glad for sun warming feet and feathers.



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Winter’s wind still blows so cold

Despite sun’s optimistic shininess.



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We raced the sun today;

Its trek from horizon to horizon so low and quick.

Its golden light so brief before night settled once again.

We savored each hour like good chocolate.


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Setting again by only mid-afternoon.

Gilding the trees in gold,


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Transforming the forest to a tapestry of bright and shadow.


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Glinting off water,


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Dyeing the sky bright yellow, pink, and orange.


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Briefly blazing before bowing down again

Below the rim of the world;


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Leaving gathering purple darkness in its wake;

Moon still not risen,

Stars glimmering like ice crystals in a frozen sky,

Cold blows in from the river.


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A damp blanket of darkness descends into the garden.

Light and warmth retreat inside.

We twist on electric candle flames in each window,

Tiny golden lights against the night.


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Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014




About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

8 responses to “Winter Sun

  1. Beautiful post. You have captured the essence of a cold sunny Winter’s day with your images and words. It looks as if we have a rare sunny day coming up tomorrow. They are fair and few between the grey, damp – but relatively mild – days!

  2. Thank you for that sunny day, I needed it! This has been the grayest fall in recent memory. I miss seeing the sun!

    • You are so welcome, Eliza. Thought it only neighborly to share the sunshine with you, too. I know its been dreadfully wet and messy to our north and on the West Coast today, as well. We shivered, but we absolutely enjoyed every excuse to get outside and soak up the sun! Thank you for your beautiful card, which we received today. May all be well with you, WG

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