Poetry Friday:Winter Grace by Patricia Fargnoli

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Bedlam Farm in winter

This beautiful photograph was taken by Jon Katz, who blogs at http://www.bedlamfarm.com/.

We will not be at our beloved farm this winter, a thought that fills me with sadness.  The farm will be beautiful in winter, as it is in every other season.  I can close my eyes and just picture it, shrouded in snow, enveloped in winter stillness and peace.

Here in New Jersey it’s raining.  Banks of leaves rise at the edge of  every street, waiting for that final collection of the year.  And rivers of rainwater cascade and collect in unlikely and inconvenient places.  The yard is still green, and winter seems far away even as we close in on Christmas.

I am waiting for winter grace…

Winter Grace

If you have seen the snow
under the lamppost
piled up like a white beaver hat on the picnic table
or somewhere slowly falling
into the brook
to be swallowed by water,
then you have seen beauty
and know it for its transience.
And if you have gone out in the snow
for only the pleasure
of walking barely protected
from the galaxies,
the flakes settling on your parka
like the dust from just-born stars,
the cold waking you
as if from long sleeping,
then you can understand
how, more often than not,
truth is found in silence,
how the natural world comes to you
if you go out to meet it,
its icy ditches filled with dead weeds,
its vacant birdhouses, and dens
full of the sleeping.
But this is the slowed-down season
held fast by darkness
and if no one comes to keep you company
then keep watch over your own solitude.
In that stillness, you will learn
with your whole body
the significance of cold
and the night,
which is otherwise always eluding you.

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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday:Winter Grace by Patricia Fargnoli

  1. But this is the slowed-down season
    held fast by darkness
    and if no one comes to keep you company
    then keep watch over your own solitude.

    Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. A dusting of snow is always nice, but I’m too old for snow that needs to be shoveled! Have a great holiday!

  2. I wish you could get up to the farm, Tara. Future winters? This is so lovely and I lived part of it this past Tuesday, those snowflakes falling “like the dust from just-born stars.” Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

  3. This is so beautiful. After I read it I went back to see if it was you or if you were quoting someone. The images really stayed with me. I love seeing how you see the world.

  4. “the natural world comes to you
    if you go out to meet it,”

    Yes.

    We had a little miracle at dismissal time today — a show shower to send home with our students for their holiday break. (Never mind that it will be in the 60’s on Christmas…)

  5. This is absolutely beautiful, Tara. I love the snow piled up like beaver’s hats and “truth found in silence.” Perfect! We had an unexpected blizzard and snow day this week. It was lovely!

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