Sun and Trees of Winter

The Winter Season: A Poetic Take

Winter has a way of making me long for spring and summer, when the weather is warmer and the outdoor activities are many. But rather than wishing it over, today I will celebrate the coldest season of the year here in Victoria. The winter sun looks on, and it is time to release a poem to honor the season. I hope you like it.

Winter Blue

The blue hues above my head won’t deceive me,
Not today.

The glass door swings shut behind me and
My mouth makes a beeline for
The black striped scarf hugging my neck.
My hands, from within the silky

Pockets of my fitted red jacket, are envious,
Only receiving a third of the protection they would
Get with the fuzzy gloves bundled in a
Box in the entranceway closet.

The wind fights for a taste of my neck,
But I won’t let it nibble,
Not even with my mind busy rotating cups of
Hot cocoa, lemon tea, and a marshmallow or two.

It’s a block to the car and the will outweighs the won’t,
An orange-and-gray runner trying to outpace its counterpart as
My feet within them long for the white wool slippers
Placed carefully beside the bed.

The trees I pass by are already resting, having shaken off
Many leaves while I curled up on the off-white couch
Close by the reading light, night after night.

Shivering now, I wonder if the trees are also ready for the sun to
Lay out a multi-color blanket under this blue sky.

 

©2017 Christy Birmingham

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119 thoughts on “The Winter Season: A Poetic Take

  1. Annika Perry

    Your poem has me beaming away, Christy – playful yet magical, catching the fun that winter can bring, the dichotomy of its beauty and cold. This line really has me smiling:
    ‘The wind fights for a taste of my neck,
    But I won’t let it nibble,’

    A joy to read over and over (as I’ve already done!). 😀

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  2. Phil Ryan

    The blue sky’s actually a blue quilt or blanket isn’t it… You didn’t actually leave your bed, nevermind the house. 🙂 A brilliant piece of writing Christy, fooling us all into thinking you braved the outdoors when you were snuggled up all along. A Winter winner without doubt 🙂

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  3. joliesattic

    Each season has it’s own virtue. Winter is fine if I don’t have to drive in it. I don’t mind the cold if I can have a warm fire and cozy clothes. I used to say, “you can always add more clothes (winter) but you cannot take enough off (summer) to be comfortable. Your poem depicts it well.

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      1. grevisangel73

        Ok, well that’s no problem. I was thinking of people that I talked to the most and who’s blogs I followed regularly. I know that they are time consuming. I never had one so I was really surprised.

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  4. Carolyn Page

    And here we are, in the southern hemisphere, experiencing some cooler days after a heat wave summer. Christy; I actually enjoyed the sense of ‘cool’ your poem evinced. Though, given a few cooler months, I too will be looking forward to feeling the sun kissing my skin! It’s all about one’s perspective… 🙂

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  5. Sarah Potter Writes

    Brrrrrr, I’m feeling so cold after reading that poem. Am reaching for my scarf now and thinking about hot cocoa. You have weaved those brilliantly-painted images together in your usual unique and clever way, Christy. I liked the way the fast flow of the verses conveyed an urgency to keep warm. Beautifully written 🙂

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  6. Sageleaf

    That photo. So gorgeous and sets a wonderful tone for all the beautiful words that follow in your poem. So lovely and it made me feel like I was right there experiencing that, too. 🙂
    Sending you hugs! Cheers! xox

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  8. dgkaye

    Wonderful poem Christy. I felt the cold along with you. And I know the weather is crazy this year everywhere, I think the west coast got the northeast winter this year. It’s unseasonably mild here in Toronto. I apparently miss the one week of winter we caught while I was in the Caribbean. Soon I’m off to beautiful Arizona, which also had a cold Jan and Feb, and gratefully should be nice and toasty by next week’s end, which means it should be considerably warmer for you too. ❤ 🙂

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Yes, we’ve had another snowfall warning for the coming week.. it’s been colder here than we’re used to, that’s for sure. I love that you’re sharing about your vacations on your blog and it’s great to catch up. ❤ 🙂

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      1. dgkaye

        Thanks Christy. Just bringing a little back for those who don’t have the chance to get away. I hope to be posting some fun stuff from Arizona. I’ve seen the long range forecast and it will be considerable hotter by next weekend on the west coast! Hope floats! ❤ xoxo

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  9. roughwighting

    I always look for a reason to like winter (snow, sleet, freezing temps in New England where “the wind tries to bite my neck”). Your poem gave me a great reason! I’m going to read it every week until Spring comes. 🙂

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  10. Rajagopal

    A poem from you, Christy, has been long overdue, and it, probably, took an uncharacteristic winter to freeze your wandering thoughts into poesy. Thanks to the coldest weather that sent your creative temperature soaring…😋

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  11. theburningheart

    You are quite a wonderful introspect poetess, I keep your book by my computer, and before turning it on, read one of your poems at random, today I read:

    “I lace up my sneakers and
    Prepare for the next
    Pinch, jolt, and muddle of
    Tears on my cheek,
    Before I open the door to step
    Outside of the house,
    Inside of myself, and
    There begins another day for me.”

    And meanwhile my computer does it’s up, and starts routine, I savor your words, and can picture you stepping out of your door, into that cold morning outside…
    Not knowing, that faraway, you have already touched someone’s heart. 🙂

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  12. Kev

    Lol… I had to laugh at, ‘one or two marshmallows…’ It’s been so cold here, I’d grab a whole bag of them with a good mug of hot chocolate! 😀

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  13. macjam47

    Oh Christy, what beautiful imagery you have woven into this lovely poem. I love the lines
    “My mouth makes a beeline for
    The black striped scarf hugging my neck.”
    I can relate to this as I always tuck my mouth and nose deep into my warm scarf. Gloved hands stuffed into pockets is the best way to keep the fingers nice and toasty.
    We are back to winter today after major spring storms yesterday. Crazy year for weather.
    Have a wonderful upcoming weekend, my dear. Hugs

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  14. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy… I have been following your weather this year and it has been a challenge for you. Red noses are common place out your way. Love the imagery in your words as they come from one who knows…

    Hugs to warm you a little…

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Red noses, oh yes, they are found on all of us, haha! Thanks for taking part in the Victoria weather via the poem, Rolly. Today is pouring rain, I can hear it now~

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  15. Ste J

    Whilst you were reading, I am sure you went through as many leaves as the trees shed in Autumn. I am glad winter is coming to an end, I love the poem, it encapsulates each day. The routine we go through, often without realising it…it brings warmth to me.

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  16. Sue Dreamwalker

    So loved this poem.. You knew I would… trees.. Nature.. My theme.. lol..
    So enjoyed these lines
    “The wind fights for a taste of my neck,
    But I won’t let it nibble,”..
    Made me chuckle.. as its been windy but sunny today.. And while out in the garden felt the same wind.. taking a nibble too 🙂
    Love and Hugs and BIG Smiles.. ❤ Sue xxx

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  17. NIKESH LILANI

    Absolutely beautiful. Painting pictures of winter in my mind, and taking me along with it’s flow, somewhere where the cool winds of winters talk to me. Full of imagery. Nature is probably the best topic one can choose for poetry.

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  18. carlamcgill

    I always like poems about the weather! Earlier today in So California there was some sun. Now it’s raining! We are happy about the rain and love the wildflowers that are popping up everywhere. I have never been to your area, but hoping I will see it someday!

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh yes I think if you visit here you would like it very much! Funny what you say about the weather as yesterday there was blue sky at one point and then a torrential downpour happened! Oh my, crazy weather lately in the world, isn’t there? Thanks for taking time here!

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