A Winter’s Night Too Harsh

A Winter's Night Too Harsh
A Winter’s Night Too Harsh

I relish the quiet unobtrusive lull
of days end, to be enveloped in that haze
of glittered sky in fine purple hues,
and in winters embrace the chill outside
just contrasts the warmth within,
as snug we are in our plush armchairs,
fire crackling, embers drifting up the flue,
ribbons of blue rising to a cloud.

A mist hangs low, fires aglow in boxes
nested neat in rows,
undisclosed each huddled room
soaking up the warmth,
and hot stews and breads find laps
and empty stomachs gurgle tunes
as smoking plates and welcomed fates consume,
and windows frosted hide the outside gloom.

Winter has a scent, a redolent remembrance
of all the winters past, crackling woods
and food surpasses each memory,
as new the senses are imparted in current view,
the nuance of flavors,
of brisk winter ills and woolen gloves,
bulbous jackets and beanies
mask our glum, cold malaise.

As breath outside attests the cold,
sucking moisture from each stronghold,
en-wrapped in mounds of bleak facade
we rush from house to house,
to find a fire and play our cards,
drink warming brews and defrost our rumps
from numbing lard to feeling,
from mindless frost to chatter hard in laughter.

And the snows come hard,
blustering winds and squalling flakes,
a blinding vision of white on white,
and what it takes to travel through
this mesmerizing view of endless battering,
as even chains don’t help,
the roads and paths are three feet deep,
and our plans put asunder.

Bunk down and wait it out, is all that can be done,
when winter truly comes
to test our resilience,
our blind faith and temperance,
on nights that turn from beauty
to a test of all we are, amid our Mother’s bitter breath,
her playing trumps from start,
at the core of winter’s heart.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “A Winter’s Night Too Harsh

  • July 18, 2018 at 1:43 PM
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    It’s hard to even think of winter here in Canada where I live on the golden prairies. It’s presently +30 degrees Celsius at the moment. However your descriptive verses about it brings quick memories of what will surely come our way by November. I love snow, but the bitter cold winds and ice I detest. Well penned my friend. Keep warm in your abode.

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  • July 18, 2018 at 5:31 PM
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    Never lived in snow, experienced it of cause but never lived with it. I does fascinate me and it can be extremely harsh and nature can be foreboding. Glad you enjoyed this one my friend. Cheers!

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  • July 18, 2018 at 6:48 PM
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    Most wonderful yet, cold thoughts of winter and just right for the tropical heat as I imagine the snow and cold winds.

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