Winter’s Change

Crystalline charms sway,
suspended by delicate
strands of iciness,
dotting the trees with an
enchanted dusting of
winter’s enveloping purity.

The earth lies frozen, dormant and at rest.
Peacefully it has eased to a slow, even
breath as it embarks on its hibernation,
beginning its much-needed sabbatical
beneath its still, flurry-laden blanket.

The lower light of the days of solstice
catch the glinting snow and the crystal
amulets lain within the tree’s branches,
and multi-colored prisms flicker and flash,
the sun creating sparkling jewels.

All is felt by the wind, gently now
at morning’s first glow.  Its soft brush
moves the tree’s branches disturbing
the fragile creations–some fracture and
fall upon the earth’s mantle that in
this moment begins to melt.

My entry for dVerse Poetics:  Changes

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  1. wow. nice visuals…it has yet to snow here…i am waiting in anticipation for that first bit of magic…love all the nature in this…good stuff…


    • Thanks, Brian. Most likely, there will be no snow here in Central Florida this winter–we’re still having some 80 degree days. The memories of my years in Boston bring these visions to my mind.


  2. you captured the magic of winter, snow and ice-kissed mornings so well… can’t wait now after reading this..


    • It would be nice to be able to witness this again. It’s been many years since I’ve seen snowy mornings. Thanks so much, Claudia.


  3. You paint such a lovely picture here! The third stanza is my favorite.


  4. Snow and its Season is such an enchanting time of year with frost on fallen leaves and cobwebs hanging within the misty mornings..
    A beautiful poem here with lots to capture the imagination..


    • I remember those days of long ago from my days living in Boston–it can be very pretty during the winter.

      Thanks for a lovely compliment, Dreamwalker.


  5. what an amazing description of winter. wow! you made that icy winter look tempting gayle.


    • I wouldn’t mind another taste of seeing snowy days–it can be so beautiful when it has first fallen. It’s been many, many years since I’ve seen it.


  6. You make me long for a good snow storm! We haven’t had a flake of snow yet–unusual for where I live. But your poem helped me to visualize the beauty that will eventually come.


    • It makes me long for one too although I don’t think it will ever happen… A snow storm in Florida–nope, not going to happen. 😉

      Enjoy your snow, Lorna, when it finally shows up!


  7. lovely winter piece.


  8. Androgoth

     /  November 20, 2011

    It is far too warm at the moment for a
    wicked snow storm but hopefully it will
    be a white Christmas, I really like that
    Gayle 🙂

    I like your posting too it’s ace 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


    • We never have white Christmases here in Florida–only in my dreams…

      I’m very glad that you enjoy my postings, Androgoth–it’s nice for you to let me know. 🙂 xo


  9. We have no snow in our part of the world but marvel at its presence (thru pics and narration) We’ll wait for more. Great verse!



    • It doesn’t snow here in Florida either–although it can get pretty chilly at times in the winter months.

      Thank you, Hank.


  10. your entry rocks.

    Happy Winter.


  11. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. See here for more details!


  12. this is one of the most breath-taking writes about winter I have ever read. just lovely!


  13. Loved the description ‘delicate strands of iciness’.


  14. This is a beautiful poem. It sings with winter storms and the magic of snow on the ground. This morning in New Mexico we woke to the sight of Mount Taylor, not far from our house, shining with its white peak into a cloudless blue sky. Your poem makes me look forward to the winter that is just starting.


    • From my memories of living in Boston–haven’t seen snow in years living in Florida. It can be a beautiful sight that’s for sure.

      I have a brother in New Mexico–he says the cool weather has set in already. Enjoy your winter!


  15. You have some wonderful imagery in this, Gayle! I could perfectly picture days like this in my mind’s eye as I read this. I hope you get to experience a day or two like this again in your lifetime – there is such a hushed sense of peace and calm. 🙂 You captured that moment perfectly.


    • Thank you for your kind words, Corina, and I’m glad you enjoyed this. I’m hoping I’ll be able to see the beauty of snowy days again too. It brings back some happy memories.



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