On Such A Winter Day…

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The world feels bare and empty today.


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Empty skies show no trace of the winter

storm blowing towards us from the South.


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Growth has paused,

And winter’s winds have nearly cleared

Away summer’s remains.


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Leftover reeds and crisp bleached leaves

Make a tattered fringe around the edges of things.


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Bare branches; bare tangled stems of vines,

Bare muddy marsh,  bare sandy beaches

All waiting.


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The sun finally burned through morning fog

And rose low in the empty sky.


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It’s harsh clear light shows too much;

Makes shadows too dark.


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The birds know.

The birds feel the coming clipper.


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Only the sturdy ones remain,

The survivors,

Who congregate in ponds and coves,



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On such a winter day.


Woodland Gnome 2015

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

10 responses to “On Such A Winter Day…

  1. Lovely post that captures the expectancy of winter. Stay safe and warm in the coming storm. Blessings, Sarah

    • Thank you, Sarah 😉 We are hoping to just get rain for so many reasons. So glad you enjoyed the photos. Did you check out that yarn? I’m working on a piece now in ‘dragonfly.’ Warm wishes to you, too 😉 WG

  2. Janet Craig

    Lovely today, WG. I enjoyed my walk “on such a winter day!”

    • Wonderful to hear from you, Janet 😉 I hope your winter is as lovely as ours. We saw a lovely Great Blue Heron also, but no where to park to capture the photo. So many neighbors out walking and biking today! Everyone anticipates “cabin fever” over these next few days. Hugs, E

  3. Lovely – you really conveyed the feeling of waiting and anticipation.I hope it isn’t too bad in your neck of the woods!

    • Actually, it was mild for most of the day in the 40s, and we enjoyed sunshine. I “allowed” the cat to stay outside for a few hours mid-day while I cleaned up behind him. He is no worse for it, and is asleep in a favorite spot. Have you thawed? Is this storm from TX headed towards you as well? We are hoping for a little snow, perhaps 😉 Best wishes, WG

      • How wonderful it must be to be out putzing in the yard! It got to 33 today and we were all acting like it was a heat wave – lol! 3-6″ of snow is predicted – we’ll see what we get!

        • Eliza, we are grateful for every degree above 32- especially at night. We were in the low 40s yesterday afternoon when we took the photos of the geese along the river. It must be hard to putz about when the garden is resting under its coverlet of snow. You don’t seem to have high confidence in the forecast, Eliza… like me, you’ve probably seen enough of these winter south to north clippers blow through to know they are very unpredictable! This one is loaded up with moisture- Could be interesting… Please stay warm and dry, hugs, WG

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