For those trudging through a hard Winter, I offer the poem below…
A poem that uses Winter as a symbol.
Winter is such a powerful symbol because it cuts right to our experience.
THE COLD WISDOM OF WINTER
I miss winter–
how breaking through the hard ice
strengthened the beat of my heart;
how braving the sharpening wind
gave me a sense of accomplishment.
How the waves of drifts made me lift
my feet high. How I kept myself warm
with the heat of desire.
To help myself fight through to Spring
I thought of the sunlight glowing soft
on the top of every sprout—
I thought of how
the earth welcomes the plow,
of how the soil gladdens to open
to breathe again—
wishing to show how rich brown it has grown
during the dark days—
to reveal its goodness and its godness,
to give an intimation
of what lies deeper down.
But now, my memories have changed
as the season has changed…now—
I miss winter, the cold wisdom of winter.
© 2013, Michael R. Patton
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