Friday, February 14, 2014

Winter Is A Table Set With Ice And Starlight

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Happy Valentine's Day!!  I hope you're out there giving and receiving love today.  I'm still in New York - my favorite state of all, my home, my heart - and I am ready to face this day with a heart full of love.  And the best part is that I get to do it in the snow!

To celebrate winter, I want to share a poem I saw on a friend's Facebook page.  I thought it was perfect for a snowy Valentine's Day.

by Greta Crosby

Let us not wish away the winter.  It is a season unto itself, not simply the way to spring.

When trees rest, growing no leaves, gathering no light, they let in sky and trace themselves delicately against dawns and sunsets.

The clarity and brilliance of the winter sky delight.

The look of fog softens edges, lulls the eyes and ears of the quiet, awakens by risk the unquiet.  A low dark sky can snow, emblem of individuality, liberality, and aggregate power.  Snow invites to contemplation and to sport.

Winter is a table set with ice and starlight.

Winter dark tends to warm light:  fire and candle; winter cold to hugs and huddles; winter want to gifts and sharing; winter danger to visions, plans, and common endeavoring--and the zest of narrow escapes; winter tedium to merry-making.

Let us therefore praise winter, rich in beauty, challenge, and pregnant negatives.

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2013: The Romance Of The Road

2012: Celebrate With A Wild Desire
2011: Powerful Stuff
2010: Falling In Love With Ugly
2009: A Love Like This Can Know No Death
2008: Peace To This House
2007: The Sultan Of Love
2006: It’s Even Better Than Arbor Day
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!


Jack McCallum said...

Oh, my goodness! That piece written by Greta Crosby is beautiful.

Belledog said...

I <3 the Daily Rant.

Beautiful poem. Very descriptive of winter in its own right, and not just the absence of other things.

Happy Valentine's Day.