Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Blues


how liberating it is to feel
e v e r y t h i n g

the sun on my face on a cold day        
trees, bare, dressed in winter splendor
snow, pure white, like angel wings
shadows, deep black, yin yang
smiles and tears written in the sky
the bluest of blue, rejoicing

how liberating it is to feel
e v e r y t h i n g


I have mixed feelings about winter. As you can see from my latest posts, I have been trying to escape winter by dreaming about spring, flowers in bloom, and walks on the beach on a summer day. But today, something changed, and I finally embraced winter in all its glory. It snowed last night and the sun came out this morning, so I decided to go for a walk in the countryside of New York, nearby where I live. The pure white snow, the shadows of the trees, and the blue sky were so magnificent, my spirits were immediately lifted. I so enjoyed taking these photographs of a winter wonderland, full of serenity.


My poem is my contribution to the "Sunday Mini-Challenge" at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. We have been invited to write a poem that begins with the last line of a previous poem. This was a wonderful exercise, as I enjoyed re-reading some of my older poems with a fresh and new perspective. I decided to choose my poem from my post "Painting With Words" at http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/05/painting-with-words.html. That poem ended with "how liberating it is to feel e v e r y t h i n g," and so my new poem here begins with the same line. Enjoy my poem and photos!
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34 comments:

  1. I too started embracing winter ~ I think when we do, we find beauty all around us ~ Thanks for sharing your pictures too ~

    Have a good Sunday ~

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  2. Beautiful wintry photography ~ all of them are lovely!

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)

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  3. Last night was the breakthrough snow night here too, so I was completely ready for this embrace with its yin yang and its particular splender lighting up and occasionally running down the cheeks. You picked a great line!

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  4. Very nice poem, Loredana. I think the only way to survive winters is to embrace them as much as we can.....and to FEEL them in their intensity, knowing that they too will pass but meanwhile accepting them for what they are!

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  5. Such fantastic work! I love the shots and the poem. I'm glad you were able to fully embrace winter :) I'm working on it because I don't want to just wish the days away, but I am so tired of cold weather!

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  6. Il paesaggio invernale ha sempre il suo fascino. Belle foto!
    Buona domenica cara Loredana....

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  7. Splendide foto,un bellissimo paesaggio,brava!
    Buona domenica!

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  8. Winter I will never embrace, with this white stuff all over the place haha but yeah it can be quite the sight. Still would rather be out in warm sun light.

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  9. Beautiful pictures and an awesome way to embrace snowy winter..

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  10. How liberating it is to feel everything....yes indeed :)

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  11. Beautiful photos and no reason to get a blues

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I don't have the winter blues :) The title is a play on words on the blueness of the sky. I appreciate your kind visit :)

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  12. A beautiful lyrical piece, with exquisite photos.

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  13. we are lucky indeed to be able to enjoy whatever the world throws at us, even when we wish we didn't have to. brilliant

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  14. I admire that you have chosen to embrace it and that it inspired your poetry..I really admire anyone who can capture feelings and put them into words that we can all share in...Michelle

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  15. Your message is strong, important, clear. We must each learn to recognize and appreciate what is Now. Nicely done.

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  16. Your poetry is lovely, so descriptive it paints a scene in my mind... love your wintry scenes... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #67!

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  17. Oh, what a beautiful time to begin embracing winter, when the sky is blue and the sun is shining, and there are no icy highways full of driving fools nearby.
    I love what you've done here.
    K

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  18. Stunning shots and poem.
    In our country, it has never snowed so I do miss this experience.

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  19. Oh winter is so hard to love and at the same time hard to hate with all its beauty and extremes....lovely poem.

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  20. Oh, how liberating to feel everything. I love this poem! I want to feel everything and be mindful every day.

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  21. What beautiful photos and lovely words. It was a really pretty day today in the North East - you've more than captured it. k.

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  22. Beautiful photos...How liberating to feel everything..yes it is. When we try not to, that is when we become numb to so much. I love this poem!

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  23. Belle immagini che potrebbero sembrare scattate qui intorno!
    Come è simile il mondo naturale di inverno, in ogni luogo .Oggi l'inverno ha abbracciato me...nevica di nuovo proprio mentre scrivo! Le tue parole escono dal tuo cuore per arrivare al mio in diretta,come sempre,cara Loredana!

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  24. 'how liberating it is to feel
    e v e r y t h i n g'---sure, it is and I am in it with all my heart:)
    The place where you live is so beautiful..
    Enchanting piece, and I love the pics!

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  25. Amazing photos I love the balance of dark and light and the shadows of the trees...perfect line to repeat, Loredana...excellent choice!!

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  26. And those first two photos speak liberating to me too.

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous! I don't envy you the cold, but the snow is just beautiful. And I can imagine that it is a bit liberating to know that you have to just give in to it, and enjoy it.

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  28. New York really is beautiful in winter, and I too have kind of given in to it. I could definitely do without the bitter cold we had last week though.

    I love these photographs, Loredana. Such beautiful scenes!

    You have a great evening.
    xo.

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  29. Very beautiful photos for SWF,thank you for it!Have a nice day!

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