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Winter's Silent Beauty

Alone I sit
staring at the cold grey sky
All around
winter's handiwork
so silent
so beautiful
fills the land

Drifting lazily upwards
pillars of smoke
rise ghost-like
from the chimneys

On the ground below
the freshly fallen snow
so quiet, so fragile
instils deep peace
within my soul

Standing alone in the distance
a church steeple
points majestically towards the sky
in silent testimony
of its God

Nothing stirs -
the sparrows have gone to bed
this cold winter's evening
dreaming pleasant dreams
of tomorrow's spring
when new life will take form
in Nature's world
or perhaps they dream
of yesterday's summer
when they flitted happily
from tree to tree
dancing in the sunshine
so happy to be alive
and free

Yet, dream on
my little friends
for even while you dream
cold winter must reign
a little while longer
still blessing the earth
with her deep silent beauty
--- as now the snow begins to fall
once more

(I wrote this piece in the late 1960s
when I was a university student
in Winnipeg, Canada.)
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Posted: Dec 2016
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godsprincessonline today!
Beautiful Socrates - thank you so much for sharing.

Kathy teddybear
Hi Socrates............I have never experienced the snow but you managed to take me there and let me feel what you felt ............Awesome write my friend .........Regards Nuhandshake
I enjoyed your yesteryear poem socrates. How mother earch has changed her style she is angry these Winters. She has changed her style and seasons just have changed before our eyes.

I long for yesteryear after reading your poem, it kinda smacks one in the face at thew changes.hug
Socrates; again I say; so descriptive! I'm shivering as I read this!dancing travis!
socrates44online today!

Thanks for your lovely comment.
socrates44online today!

Nice to hear from you.

Glad to know the piece gave you a vicarious experience of the snow.

Take Care!
socrates44online today!

Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the piece.
Could the weather changes you mentioned be related to global warming?
Just wondering!

Have a nice day!
socrates44online today!

Thanks for your complimentary comment.

Nice to hear from you.

Take care!
Yes socrates our earth has been water logged, has had an ice age has had a biblical city burning and even rained fishes and parted the sea. so yes our earth has always changed.

But I still loved your poemgrin
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