A Foretaste of Winter

The snow level is dropping,
threatening to swoop down to the ground.
The biting air today feels like snow.
Hats, gloves, scarves are coming out of storage.
Life has moved indoors for a while.


Every season does this little tease.
She runs on stage and waves to us,
we point and titter and giggle,
and then she quickly scampers behind the curtains
until her appointed appearance in the act.

That’s a good thing.
Because autumn is my favorite season.
I’m not quite ready for her to take her leaf.

~   ~   ~

The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose;

Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

5 thoughts on “A Foretaste of Winter

  1. Autumn is my favorite, too. I was just telling my friend last night that I’m not ready for for autumn to be over yet – in spite of the forecast of snow soon.

  2. Carrie, I bet you get snow sooner than we do.  It never snowed today, wet and very cold, but no snow.  The leaves haven’t all dropped so there are vestiges of autumn still remaining.You don’t like snow, Mel?  I enjoy it, in its time.  When I lived in southern CA, I used to taunt my Chicago family about the warm weather.  I particularly remember a phone call on Christmas Day saying that I was wearing shorts.  But I truly love seasonal living, as in four seasons, instead of “wet” and “dry.”To answer your question, we have snow on the ground quite a bit during the winter and get four or five big storms that dump several inches.  One year we didn’t see the pavement on our street between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day: it was packed snow the whole time.All that being said, there’s something magical about the first snowfall.  The boys used to get soooo excited.  I read somewhere that we have a finite number of “first snows” in our life and that made me loosen up with the boys and let them enjoy frolicking in it when they should have been doing math.  So we don’t agree on asparagus, firm mattresses and snow, huh?  (grin)

  3. I used to tell my kids (as they were learning “pink is for girls, blue is for boys”- type trivia), “Brown is the color of the earth at rest”.  Your picture reminded me that the earth will begin to rest soon.  I’m always humbled that God shows us we are so weak we need to rest, but He doesn’t need it.
    Carol, thanks for putting artwork (photos and paintings) on your blog.  Rest and contemplation are good things, and here I can take a few minutes to enjoy.

  4. It’s really not cold here at all.  Coats are not necessary.  A sweater in the morning will do, but  you are likely to forget it on your way home, as the afternoons are warm.
    You made me laugh when you thought there was a toad in my FAF entry last week.

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