Sunday, November 16, 2008


Images of last winter:

It snowed last night, the first real snowfall of the year.

I love snow. It is a quiet blanket of white that covers the earth and muffles sound. Flakes can fall gently, as they are this morning, or they can whip about in an angry widnstorm. I love all facets of winter.

It's only fitting that yesterday I bought a new winter coat, and today the ground is still and white.

Winter is my time of turning inwards. Time for stillness, silence, reflection, planning for the coming year of growth. Solstice officially marks that time for pagans, but my time of reflection begins at the first snowfall.

This song speaks of winter in my part of the country. Loreena McKennit lives just a few hops away from my hometown:


White are the far-off plains,
And white the fading forests grow;
The wind dies out along the height
And denser still the snow,
A gathering weight on roof and tree
Falls down scarce audibly.
The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snowfall hoods me around;
In wood and water, earth and air,
A silence is everywhere.
Save when at lonely spells
Some farmer's sleigh is urged on,
With rustling runner and sharp bells,
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear;
The barking of a dog,
To cattle, is sharply pealed,
Borne, echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;
Then all is silent and the snow
Falls settling soft and slow
The evening deepens and the grey
Folds closer Earth to sky
The world seems shrouded, so far away.
Its noises sleep, and I
As secret as yon buried stream
Plod dumbly on and dream.
And dream
And dream
I dream
And I dream…



Janet said...

Snowing here too but I am afraid I am resisting it - and it's appearance in my life. Give me summer!

Maria said...

Oh, dear. I'm sorry to be a naysayer, but I DETEST snow. I don't think it is pretty. I see it as slippery, icy and freezing.

I hate driving in snow more than anything else in the world. Well, almost anything.

So..sorry. Sorry. I will try to look at the pictures and see the beauty.

an ambrosia life said...

Yay you bought a coat!...stay warm precious one~