Wandering in Woodacre -21 December 2020: The First Day of Winter

Greeting Winter

Below – Andrew Bret Wallis: “Winter Solstice Two”


Art for Winter – Chelsea Davine: “Blue Mountains”

A Poem for Winter

“Winter Love”
by Linda Gregg

I would like to decorate this silence,
but my house grows only cleaner
and more plain. The glass chimes I hung
over the register ring a little
when the heat goes on.
I waited too long to drink my tea.
It was not hot. It was only warm.

Below – Natalia Baykalova: “Cup of Tea”

Art for Winter – Garry McMichael: “Alone, Winter Solstice”

A Poem for Winter

“Winter Trees”
by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

Below – Peter Christensen: “Trees in Winter”

Art for Winter – Hadley Rampton: “Flowing”

Musings in Winter: John Updike

“The days are short,
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.”

Below – Margarita Ivanova: “Sun, winter and river”

Art for Winter – Natalia Baykalova: “Air”

A Poem for Winter

“Choices”
by Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow
on the mountain. But when I look up,
saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in
the uppermost branches.
I don’t cut that one.
I don’t cut the others either.
Suddenly, in every tree,
an unseen nest
where a mountain
would be.


Art for Winter – Veneta Karamfilova: “Winter Shades” (photograph)


A Poem for Winter

“The Snow Fairy”
by Claude McKay

I

Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,
Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,
Whirling fantastic in the misty air,
Contending fierce for space supremacy.
And they flew down a mightier force at night,
As though in heaven there was revolt and riot,
And they, frail things had taken panic flight
Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet.
I went to bed and rose at early dawn
To see them huddled together in a heap,
Each merged into the other upon the lawn,
Worn out by the sharp struggle, fast asleep.
The sun shone brightly on them half the day,
By night they stealthily had stol’n away.
II

And suddenly my thoughts then turned to you
Who came to me upon a winter’s night,
When snow-sprites round my attic window flew,
Your hair disheveled, eyes aglow with light.
My heart was like the weather when you came,
The wanton winds were blowing loud and long;
But you, with joy and passion all aflame,
You danced and sang a lilting summer song.
I made room for you in my little bed,
Took covers from the closet fresh and warm,
A downful pillow for your scented head,
And lay down with you resting in my arm.
You went with Dawn. You left me ere the day,
The lonely actor of a dreamy play.

Below – Izabella Hornung: “Winter Dream”


Art for Winter – Richard Kattman: “Magic Mountain”

Musings in winter: Anamika Mishra

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.”

Below – Olga Kvasha: “Those who rejoice in the snow”

Art for Winter – Matthieu van Riel: “Winter Landscape with Birches”

A Poem for Winter

“Horses in Snow”
by Roberta Hall Whitman

They are a gift I have wanted again.
Wanted: One moment in mountains
when winter got so cold
the oil froze before it could burn.
I chopped ferns of hoarfrost from all the windows
and peered up at pines, a wedding cake
by a baker gone mad. Swirls by the thousand
shimmered above me until a cloud
lumbered over a ridge,
bringing the heavier white of more flurries.

I believed, I believed, I believed
it would last, that when you went out
to test the black ice or to dig out a Volkswagon
filled with rich women, you’d return
and we’d sputter like oil,
match after match, warm in the making.
Wisconsin’s flat farmland never approved:
I hid in cornfields far into October,
listening to music that whirled from my thumbprint.
When sunset played havoc with bright leaves of alders,

I never mentioned longing or fear.
I crouched like a good refugee in brown creeks
and forgot why Autumn is harder than Spring.
But snug on the western slope of that mountain
I’d accept every terror, break open seals
to release love’s headwaters to unhurried sunlight.
Weren’t we Big Hearts? Through some trick of silver
we held one another, believing each motion the real one,
ah, lover, why were dark sources bundled up
in our eyes? Each owned an agate,

marbled with anguish, a heart or its echo,
we hardly knew. Lips touching lips,
did that break my horizon
as much as those horses broke my belief?
You drove off and I walked the old road,
scolding the doubles that wanted so much.
The chestnut mare whinnied a cloud into scrub pine.
In a windless corner of a corral,
four horses fit like puzzle pieces.
Their dark eyes and lashes defined by the white.

The colt kicked his hind, loped from the fence.
The mares and a stallion galloped behind,
lifting and leaping, finding each other
in full accord with the earth and their bodies.
No harm ever touched them once they cut loose,
snorting at flurries falling again.
How little our chances for feeling ourselves.
They vanished so quickly—one flick of a tail.
Where do their mountains and moments begin?
I stood a long time in sharpening wind.

Below – Stu Sporn: “Horses in Snow” (photograph)


Art for Winter – Anastasia Kachina: “Birch grove”

Welcome, Wonderful Winter

Below – Glib Franko: “Winter Garden”

Friends: This is my last post of 2020. I will be spending time with my family during the holiday season. I will resume posting on 8 January 2021. In the meantime, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year.

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