Against Winter – Poem by Charles Simic
Today is a Public Holiday here in Ireland and the last before Christmas, So I went out this morning for a long walk with The Dog. The Weather is very wintry with heavy rain, perfect weather to get some moody Images as I walked along some of our local country lanes.
The Seasons are turning very quickly now and winter is coming, these walks will be cold and wet for a few weeks, yet this time of year brings its own atmosphere, one that I love very much. Its great to return home put the fire on and have a hot drink or some warm soup.
Against Winter –
The truth is dark under your eyelids.
What are you going to do about it?
The birds are silent; there’s no one to ask.
All day long you’ll squint at the gray sky.
When the wind blows you’ll shiver like straw.
A meek little lamb you grew your wool
Till they came after you with huge shears.
Flies hovered over open mouth,
Then they, too, flew off like the leaves,
The bare branches reached after them in vain.
Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier
Of a defeated army, you’ll stay at your post,
Head bared to the first snow flake.
Till a neighbor comes to yell at you,
You’re crazier than the weather, Charlie.
I’m not much for winter rain, but I do like a good winter snow. And yes, the best part is coming home to the fireside and a warm drink…
October 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm
Hi Alli 🙂
I would swap our rain for more snow , for sure but the same winter day feelings are still great 🙂 🙂
October 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm
Beautiful! I love this time of year and your moody images do it justice. … Thanks for stopping by my blog and reminding me of yours. In the rush of life, especially this year, it’s been a challenge to keep up with everything. Your work inspires me. Enjoy the season … 😊
November 11, 2015 at 11:57 am
Hi Dorothy 🙂
Thank you , very pleased that you enjoyed this post and the winter 🙂 🙂
November 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm