Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter Days~

Frosty snowy days have come, and Gus and I are dedicated to soaking up the beauty of this season. Sometimes we watch the snow fall from the sky, from inside our cozy house, past the windows, with sweet things baking in the oven and hot tea in the pot. And other days we head straight for the woods, bundled up in our warm woollies, and after a good play, we stand under tall trees and look up into the sparkling branches of frosty white, letting the snow land on our warm faces like pixie dust.

First Snow
~ Mary Oliver

The snow
began here
this morning and all day
continued, its white
rhetoric everywhere
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
the meaning; such
an oracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.
The silence
is immense,
and the heavens still hold
a million candles; nowhere
the familiar things:
stars, the moon,
the darkness we expect
and nightly turn from. Trees
glitter like castles
of ribbons, broad fields
smolder with light, a passing
creekbed lies
heaped with shining hills;
and though the questions
that have assailed us all day
remain-not a single
answer has been found-
walking out now
into the silence and the light
under the trees,
and through the fields,
feels like one.


herhimnbryn said...

Thankyou for the poem ( M.O. always has the right words).
Love the pic of you and hound in snow. Please send snow, soonest!

mamak said...

Beautiful. I love Mary Oliver.
Your blog is a balm...thank you.

mama Kim

Anonymous said...

I miss the snow.

Thanks for posting the lovely poem.


Art4Sol said...

Thanks again for the lovely poem.

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful picture of you and Gus in the gateway, which looks almost Japanese, as if to a Shinto shrine. Lovely poem. I want to cook today & feeling encouraged to do so by your post. Cooking makes me feel wealthy amidst the current chaos.

Margaret Ann said...

A super photo! I really miss the gentleness and wonder of the first snows...Thanks for sharing yours!