Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Winter Storm"


Winter Storm

I'm always fooled by the camellias' January budding
softly opening to the first slant of spilled sunshine
from winter's grey and beige sky -
excitedly plan spring and summer vacations
only to find the heavens not so easily diverted.

Begrudge the silence before the fury -
raise an eyebrow as a dove perches
upon my adirondack chair as if a peace offering;

wisely embrace these next few hours of solitude.

by Margaret Bednar, February 18, 2015

This is for "Poetry Jam - Loneliness/Solitude".   I remember when we first moved south and my Camellia bush bloomed the end of December.  Wonderfully pink buds!  I thought spring was around the corner - and I still get fooled a bit each year.  Winter still has a hand or two to play… negative ONE (degrees) tomorrow night!   However, blessings did arrive this week as school has been cancelled for four days and even though it isn't exactly quiet, we have lounged around and read books and stayed cocooned, for the most part, in our house.  It's been quite nice.


20 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i feel you. we have been out for 4 days as well...and its been nice...i am getting a little stir crazy...i went out tonight to get pizza just to get out...once you get off our road its not so bad...but we are to be in the negatives as well tomorrow with the polar vortex dropping down...

i bet those flowers get sold when the weather takes a nasty turn...too early, too early...ha...

more snow on saturday too, they say...

Ginny Brannan said...

Your words evoke a feel of peace and serenity, and I envy you your ability to see the beauty in the moment. When we hit the 3' mark, it kind of lost its thrill here in my neck of the woods. Beautiful words and image, Margaret!

Gabriella said...

I am with you here. When we have the luxury of warmth and books, sharp winter weather can be enjoyed and savored. Even if we know that it might not be fun when we will have to get out.

Mary said...

I do think we have to find a way to enjoy those hours of solitude, to consider them a gift. Thank goodness for books during those bad weather days. (Brrrh, we are getting -25 F. wind chills tonight!!)

Björn Rudberg said...

Waiting in the company of a good book.. What better way to enjoy a winter storm...

Anita said...

Such solitude in a comforting place like our home is welcome!
Nicely expressed.

Sumana Roy said...

It's always wise to enjoy solitude whenever we have the opportunity and poets never miss the chance...beautiful word pictures Margaret...

alan1704 said...

embracing the solitude of all life brings us, is sometimes a wonderful experience. Beautifully done.

Wolfsrosebud said...

love the mood this offers to the reader... cool to be with the family together but apart in different book voyages

Jennifer Wagner said...

Ah, it is good to be content in such moments...which is hard for me to be sometimes when I'm wishing for better weather (around here that usually means too much rain). Very nice sense of serenity in your poem and photo.

Mary Ann Potter said...

A gift of solitude here. What a lovely poem and photo, Margaret. We're cold, of course, but we're content. Quiet times interspersed with farm work are the measures of these last few days.

Other Mary said...

Such beautiful opening lines...

Namrata said...

What a lovely and serene poem. Ignites hope. Books can the best buddy. Be it sizzling summer or crackling winter. Love it. :)

cifar shayar said...

beautifully written

Loneliness

Donna Smith said...

I love the offering of peace the dove seems to be in the midst of a continuing winter.
Our offering of peace appears to be the infrequent visit of the sun on the snow. No flowers could be tall enough - not even my rosebushes - to show their faces even if they wanted.

Susmit said...

Lets not niggle over the rusty thought, but just consume the moment...."Begrudge the silence before the fury " and " wisely embrace those next few hours " - I simply loved these lines.

Wendy Bourke said...

A glorious post: photo, poem and commentary! I was transported there, for a bit.

artbyrae said...

wisely embrace these next few hours of solitude.
abt solitude id best to saver

Priya Lund said...

Beautifully written! Certainly, books can be best friends in the hours of solitude :)

Nicholas V said...

What a wonderfully epigrammatic final line! Really clinches the word pictures of the previous lines. Lovely poem, Margaret!