Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

POM: “Approach of Winter”

I am not a fan of winter. I may have mentioned that once or twice. In fact, I confess, I am known to have at least one ridiculous emotional meltdown–a little kid unreasonable tantrum, when the first snow makes landfall. Yes, I am embarrassed. If they had a support group for Winter Lamenters Anonymous I would attend.

Once my tantrum is over I am resigned to winter. To not acknowledge that we are stuck with it for the next 3-5 months is added misery. I buy sweaters and sip cocoa. More books get read. I try to find the bright side to the dark days of winter. Nope, I don’t ski. I might be convinced to sled though.

For the most part I ignore creative acknowledgements of winter. Don’t sing to me about wintertime; I am not interested in chirpy little winter televised specials. Fine. Maybe the Olympics. So, I was surprised when I actually liked the poem that dropped into my mailbox that’s part of my subscription service. You do subscribe to a poem service, right?

This caught my eye since it caught how I feel about the onset of winter. It earned double appreciation points having been penned by William Carlos Williams–the doctor poet. Enjoy.

The half-stripped trees
struck by a wind together,
bending all,
the leaves flutter drily
and refuse to let go
or driven like hail
stream bitterly out to one side
and fall
where the salvias, hard carmine,—
like no leaf that ever was—
edge the bare garden.


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13 thoughts on “POM: “Approach of Winter”

  1. The master of capturing a mood. Yes!

  2. I hear you! We don’t get much snow here in Northern Ireland but when we do, I hate it!

  3. Coming from Australia I love snow. When I lived in the UK I got excited every time it snowed. But I have to say by the end of the long, dark winter I really missed the sun. So I can understand why you feel the way you do!

  4. I am fond of winter because I don’t have to cut the lawn. Gotta look on the bright side of these things!

  5. I live in the frozen tundra AKA Wisconsin. I would love snow if it landed ONLY on the fields. When it lands on the highway? People are stupid. *sigh*
    I love spring. And the crispness of the fall. And summer. And winter.
    God I’m wishy washy aren’t I??

  6. I don’t do winter either Cricket… I hate snow! Hence the reason I live in Texas. LOL! We lived in MI for a few years because of my hubby’s job and it completely broke my tolerance of the white stuff which is evil in my opinion. I love my 70 degrees in Dec and blooming Camillia trees. We still have dear friends who live in MI and when they posted pics on FB of their first snow in Oct, I posted pics of my trees.. ha ha! Yes, I’m a brat!
    Loved the poem though.. hope you had a good Christmas! ❤

    • Another two inches have fallen since reading your comment. *Sigh*
      I am in my resignation mode, and have joined the gym to get some kind of exercise. Survival tactics are kicking in. Hope your new year is wonderful!

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