poetry and prose about place

february chill

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memories of a walk on a cold night …




spaces in the dark


white on the pasture

interrupts the night

clings to cold twilight



beside me


a black horse

assembles from shadow

ponders the snow


your coat

folded around me


the horse lifts its head

knows where deer hesitate

where wings brush against barn boards

where I stand in the snow

and shiver


never so warm again


chill spaces around me


no feathers to fly





Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

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Written by jane tims

February 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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  1. I think life is about contrast. Its funny how winter seems so cold and terrible, yet this last visit to Nova Scotia I found the -9 and the deep fluffy snow such a great treat. I found I missed it. The weather here so steady and consistent. Level 1 California Drought with no snow for skier( until recently) . Anyway lovely poem, but rather than stand and be chilled , stand and be awed by the amazing beauty of winter. As you heart warms to the quiet stillness of the cold air, bring a flask with you and take a sip of irish whiskey

    Love you… someday you will be famous


    February 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    • Hi Stan. Thanks for commenting on the poem. As for being famous, if only… Interesting you miss the snow. I think I would too. We are really woven into our environments in spite of what we may think. This year I have realised that I actually hibernate in so many ways (I read and knit more for example). I think we gravitate to those small rhythms of life. You could simulate hibernating where you are by devoting a part of the year to swinging in a hammock and drinking that Irish whiskey for (say) a couple of months of the year. And you could knit. Love, Jane

      jane tims

      February 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  2. This is so beautiful, Jane. So wintry.


    February 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! Sounds like you are having your own taste of winter. Jane

      jane tims

      February 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

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