Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Time

In honor of today's winter solstice

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.

Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;
And shivering in my nakedness,
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.

Close by the jolly fire I sit
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore
The colder countries round the door.

When to go out, my nurse doth wrap
Me in my comforter and cap;
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.

Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake.


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    1. Thanks, just got your comment. I've been doing that tradition for many many years, dating back to when I was a single gal. When I got married to Frankenberry, he liked the idea too, so joined in.

      Now it's even more fun, because we get to be silly together.

      Wishing you a Happy Christmas and an Oogie Boogie New Year.

  2. Happy first day of winter! I loved this poet as a child.

    1. I like simple and rhyming poems. Some are SO hard for me to understand.

  3. Although it has nothing to do with your post, I thought of you when reading this article:
    I thought homeless was more a plight on the coasts than in the middle of the country.

    1. Thanks for bringing the article to my attention. Was it on an NPR show, or did you read it online?

      I think there's homelessness everywhere.

    2. I found it through an NEA twitter post.

  4. Happy first day of winter! That was a beautiful poem ;)

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    1. M, thanks for stopping by! I'll be off to check out your locket.

  5. I've never read this poem before, and I like it. Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas.