Hoar frost or soft rime on a cold winter day i...

Hoar frost or soft rime on a cold winter day in Lower Saxony, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winter has come
The first day this year
In my part of the world
Shadows stretch across
Dismal halls
The rain falls slowly, resolute
Each deliberate drop
Sounding its bell

Winter cold has descended
An icy, aging star
Regal on the stairs
Frost on morning grass
Icicle patterns
Crunched beneath boot shod feet
Winter coats
Spread meagre warmth
And freezing hands
Delve deep within pockets
To hide

Winter has come
Dark intruder on these shores
Bringing memories of
Long days in the sun
Now far away
Caress of the wind
Is a slap
To rouse us from forgetfulness
And to pay our proper homage
To the gods of ice and snow

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights reserved

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23 Responses to Winter

  1. I just finished my workout and I am sweaty and its warm outside, this is especially nice to read right now lol

  2. monocochlearmutineer says:

    Do I hear the echos of Led Zeppelin blow through this piece? It certainly conjures up images of Vikings for some reason… very well written.

  3. miguel says:

    Ah, I see I wasn’t the only one using words for warmth 🙂

    Nice post

  4. Brian Hughes says:

    I prefer winter to summer. Less sweaty plebs about.

  5. Ohhhhhh…

    “Caress of the wind
    Is a slap
    To rouse us from forgetfulness
    And to pay our proper homage
    To the gods of ice and snow”

    Brilliant poem… brilliant stanzaa! love the homage part…wow Sis! 😉 xxx

  6. Oloriel says:

    Very beautiful images and it is about one of my favourite seasons. Idd ask you to lend somesnow, but I am blessed with days and days of rain at the moment, so I will most defenatly do it later.

  7. Shainbird says:

    Winter? You make me long for cooler days! Our summer is just beginning where it can get quite hot! Enjoy 🙂

    • LOL…yes, when the weather changes and it gets really hot here I will undoubtedly be whinging in rhyme about that too! I think they call it divine discontent!! LOL! 🙂

  8. Ray says:

    As always, Helen…. A joy to read.

  9. As it really heats up here, this was a pleasure to read. Great work, Sis!

  10. I like how the word ‘SLAP’ works 🙂

  11. dcardiff says:

    Powerful poem. Roxi expressed my sentiments exactly. I wonder why I never thought of winter winds as a “slap”. There is certainly no better word to describe the feeling. I am speechless…


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