Winter Moment


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We who live in the north

Know winter can be harsh

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With that cold wind

A sun that never  reaches

High in the sky

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Yet it has its’ moments

In the quietness of a new snows’ fall

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Or as the sun returns to a new day

To shine on the beauty of winter

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If only for a short time

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Cold Feet


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The sun is surely in the winter doldrums
Its’ shows up late every morning
And leaving early at the end of the day
With no enthusiasm to share any of its’ warmth

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What about the rest of us
Caught up in the sun’s cyclical moods
Having to face all on our own
Arctic cold fronts,
Cars that won’t start
Furnaces that won’t shut off
With cold feet, cold hands and faces
And (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Yes we could leave
Enticed by family and friends
Who boast of warmer climes
Of topical islands
Lust and green

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But what about the others
Who have to remain behind
Now that the holidays are over
Who can they complain too?
What is misery if it can’t be shared
So we stay put
With the other fools
And do our countdown

To when the sun may change her mood

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Curious Friday: Getting the Winter Wheels On


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It is pushing me from behind
As I face to the south
Looking for any warmth
Old Sol may provide
It is crunching beneath my feet
As the frost penetrates the soil
It is not far away
As others are buried
In a Christmas card scene
It is rushing to finish a season
That could end any day
It is coming
We will each deal with it
In our own way
Some embrace it
Some just hibernate or flee to warmer places
Many just try to go about their daily life’s
Waiting for winter
For it is one of four seasons
In the northern climes

A Standard Time


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It’s been pumpkins
Goblins, princesses,
Zombies and more
No control with left-over candy
Snow in the forecast
And now time changes
A mind in overload
An internal clock
In conflict with the outside world
Two times zones trying to adjust

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Against the back drop
Of winters’ approach
When the night overcomes the day
And the sun at its’ height
Provides no warmth
Maybe I go back to bed
To wake in the spring
We’ll see how the day goes
To give my brain time
To rewind
To set back or forth
To a standard time

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Time Zone Funk

Curious Friday: Re-purposing


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I’m always looking for things in nature that might be of interest to young ones when I do presentations. I had collected this bird nest last fall that fallen to the ground and put in my garage to store. I found this nest very interesting in the materials used and how it was woven.

Well as you can see I had a family of field mice who like my garage as their winter home and saw the nest and thought it would be ideal winter den, after some improvements. With little strands of items on hand they did a nice job of it.

So now that it has been re-purposed and no longer in use I might try to keep it for I pretty sure kids might enjoy seeing it.