Surrender to Winter ©WabiSabi 2012
Surrender to Winter ©WabiSabi 2012
 to the silence in the winter woods,
a certain mystical vibration humming over the water,
making it hard to breathe without  catching,
hard to sing without dancing.
to it’s shuddering, juddering pulse,
walk into that stillness where only dead leaves breathe
and winter berries surrender to a hungry bird
and a red-tailed hawk lazes on an updraft circling eights.
the path  of light and deep shadows
comfortably wrapped around an empty wood,
embrace the gentle wind, nipping at bare cheeks,
nod to the cerulean sky, color for the blind eyes of winter.
 dead branches soon to surrender to the snowing, blowing gale
jewels of compassion hiding dormant buds that wait 
 with patience,  for the light of  spring,  to jump the threshold
in amazement when they hear the  gentle call to unfurl.
So listen,
companion of the  reckless road
tune in to the pulsing beat of darkness
as winter drums its drum, beating  music for a weary heart,
time to rest before the blooming work of spring,
time to rest before the blooming work of spring.
©WabiSabi 2012
Shared with Poets United  and Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads

31 thoughts on “Surrender

  1. Beautiful winter photo. Almost makes winter seem inviting. (Smiles) The words really captured the essence of the season well. I like “winter drums its drum.” I can almost hear its beat in your poem.

    Thank you for participating in Poetry Pantry and for your continued support of Poets United. I wish you a Happy New Year. Raising my glass to you in a toast to wonderful poetry to be written in 2013!


    • Hi Brenda,
      I have been visiting your blog regularly and commenting here and there but my comments never appear. Perhaps I am going into your spam box for some reason. I love reading your blog and would like to be able to comment. Happy New Year and Congratulations on your beautiful grandson.


  2. You immediately and continually engage the reader through the initial active verbs in each stanza. You guide us through greater involvement and then emphasize your final reminder to rest by very effectively repeating the last line. Nice construction.


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