Category: poetry

Big Snow Moon

Big Snow Moon
Monday morning started with lake-effect snow, softly falling, covering streets and sidewalks.  There was shoveling and snow-blowing, and the feeling of accomplishment  of clearing a pathway or a parking space. By the afternoon,  the snow had melted on the darker surfaces of streets and sidewalks.  Such is the changing weather, here. If you think it’s been... Read more »

Sparrows in Winter

Sparrows in Winter
They are the birds of winter, the survivors, the sparrows chirping  on the rooftops. Even in winter, puffed up against the cold, perching on the stems of the sunflowers and autumn grasses. They are bold in their audacity, earth-colored in brown and grey.  They are with us all winter, cheerful company,  even in the cold and snow... Read more »

Now in November

November is here. Skies are mostly gray. The World Series is over. Now comes wind and cold and rain. Snow is not unusual. We are already past the halfway mark between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. Days grow shorter, now, and it will be dark even earlier in the evening after  we  set... Read more »
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flowers of May

flowers of May
They say May is the month of flowers, and the May flowers here have been magnificent! The cooler and wetter days have contributed to this abundance. How many flowers have you seen? Let’s list some of them– Crocus and daffodils, and the yellow forsythia. And tulips, tulips, tulips! Then come magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods, and... Read more »

No fooling, here comes the sun

No fooling, here comes the sun
After days of gray sky and rain, here comes the sun! An umbrella is necessary here, and it is always a challenge if one does not have a proper raincoat. By this I mean something waterproof.  Maybe something  with a hood. Preferably black. Such things exist, I have seen them, but they are not easy to find.... Read more »

It's not a blizzard, so enjoy the snow

It's not a blizzard, so enjoy the snow
Winter Storm Stella (named by the Weather Channel) has brought snow from Minneapolis  to Nashville on its way east to join the  Nor’easter heading for the east coast and New York.  Chicago is also getting snow from Winter Storm Stella.  For us, this is the first measurable snow since December 14! Here are some totals from NWS Chicago— Waukegan... Read more »
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Why do we buy bread before bad weather?

Why do we buy bread before bad weather?
When the forecast calls for a blizzard,  ice storms, power outages, maybe you are one of the people who rushes to the grocery store to stock up on essentials.   It makes sense  to be prepared.  And of course, others have the same idea!  This is why you will see pictures of empty bread shelves, and lines of... Read more »

October Country

October Country
Welcome to October country, where the spider webs shimmer under the porch lights, and voices  carry in the dusk. It is blue sky so clear you can almost see through it. It is colored  leaves against a gray sky. It is rising plumes of the autumn grasses. It is round orange pumpkins. It is old... Read more »

30 Days Wild -- day 17

30 Days Wild -- day 17
This post is inspired by my fellow blogger Aquinas Wired, and his poetic comment to a previous post. You can read it here. The garden is full of white butterflies. They are called common cabbage butterflies,   but they also seem to like the ornamental grasses.  The butterflies are like white flowers fluttering in the sun.... Read more »
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Mad as the Mist and Snow

Mad as the Mist  and Snow
  I remember the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011 and the wild and terrifying beauty of the thundersnow. It was  just amazing–a powerful force of nature. I was reminded of this poem by William Butler Yeats.  It’s been years  since I read it.  I read the poem again, and I was struck by its immediacy.  It... Read more »