And Still in Winter’s Hold

Winter’s Hold… when spring is held to ransom

And Still in Winter's Hold
And Still in Winter’s Hold…a half-heart-ed spring

As sun reveals and sky does peal back
the clouds, the blue instills those darkened ills of past,
to be just passing glimpses of shade, nothing more,
and hearts glow with possibility
each time that sun returns,
to give us hope in springs assertions,
of growth and splendor.

So fast the changes, so beguiling the light,
when darkness weighs down our moods,
we want nothing more than freedom,
at least a lasting interlude,
to rescue our weary souls from dull,
and uplift our heart to lull
in quiet introspection.

And I in maudlin mood,
reject the darkness mire,
the relentless grasp of winter gone,
that has stretched us past our ever-loving faith,
and teased us with a paltry light to sate,
while winter smiles a malevolent hold,
not yet ready to release us to a summer story told.

And so each day glimmers more of light,
inferring summer’s oncoming plight,
yet still a bitter rain and darkness swill,
tinges all our hopes and will
give rise to vengeful heat,
when summer’s had enough and meets the challenge,
takes the reigns to banish winter’s last word.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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4 thoughts on “And Still in Winter’s Hold

  • October 2, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Winter does try to hang on as long as possible, Yet spring does manage to sneak in. Very nice, vivid, and smooth flowing poem, Tony.

  • October 2, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Thanks Phyllis, we’re still being battered around by high winds, thunder and vast rainfall, and this is Spring? I’m sick of all the darkness. Lol

  • October 3, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    How is the power situation now in S.A., Tony? I see the Government is blaming it all on the reliance on wind power. They were just looking for an excuse. It does seem that Winter is trying to keep Spring at bey for as long as possible. We have had more rain than usual over the last month…have a couple of warm days, then need to light the fire again. Summer will probably come with a vengeance and be a scorcher. Well written poem here. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • October 3, 2016 at 2:14 AM

    Thanks John, yes winter seems never to end, and spring only in half-step. Power is fine; we had a 6 hour outage when the state went down, but all’s been fine since. The weather is horrendous, high winds, so much rain and winter weather in spring. I’m bloody sick of it; just want the sun back LOL. The weather patterns are crazy, I feel and ‘ice age’ coming on. Take care my friend.


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