I’ll be taking a short break, have a happy Thanksgiving. 

The sun has lost its domain

snow birds shroud its light.

A handful of starlings quiver on

bare branches so  fragile in fixed feathers

they could fit in the palm of a hand.

Suspended  in frozen breath they sing

for the reach of an outstretched hand

clinging to a red-tailed kite floating

above  fields  of  wildflowers

in full bloom.

179 thoughts on “Winter Song

          1. The redhead who posts The Redhead Chronicles would STRONGLY disagree. That’s okay—guilty as charged—parted ways after I wrote a few poems about it—including the page,AUTHOR’S STATEMENT..,.I am a silly goose I’m sure!

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          2. Yeah…I’ve always had problems with younger women who were fashion bloggers. Should have learned my lesson a long time ago. This one claims that there are others she knows about besides her…I tried to apologize but got both barrels, I think deservedly….Most of the exchange is recorded in Comments of my poem, “IS IT SO…?” I am happy to stay with bloggers more of an “appropriate age” like you, Robin, Carmen from Fashion With Compassion, and one or two others. My ulterior motives caught up with me! I’ve left it all there so if anyone feels threatened by my following them, at least they will have due warning…my brain ain’t a eunuch’s yet—nor am I totally without a manipulative (!) side. Oh well.

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  1. Your poem is beautiful Holly, Winter is approaching, Snow in some parts of Britain today, not arrived here.. love Rowan Keating ..I sat and watched a Sparrow Hawk similar to a red tail Kite swoop to take one of our little sparrows from our feeder this morning, He sat upon the fence for ten minutes feeding on his catch.. Showing me food is short where he usually hunts.. And all went quiet in our garden for half an hour.. But then out the sparrows came again one by one… ‘To carry on,’ after The Storm of the Hawk…
    Love IS alive, and we all have our Spring, Summer and Winter’s… Each Season supporting the other…
    Sending you MUCH love dearest Holly, have a wonderful Thanksgiving ..
    Mega Hugs, and I enjoyed my time within your Heart today..
    ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. This brightens my day Sue. Watching nature unfold is both brutal and beautiful. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for your uplifting spirit, it is golden. Sending love ❤️ 🌹❤️

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  2. I loved the transition from Winter’s breath to the desire for spring with sunflower faces and wildflowers in full bloom. We apparently skipped Fall this year and went straight to Winter. Today, I scraped the first frost from my windowshield. The sky was crystal blue and the moon was large and bright. I’ll take it.

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    1. The seasons are passing so quickly. There’s a full moon out there tonight. After dark i hope to catch a pic of it. It’s warm here H, no sweaters, just t shirts and flip flops. We’re trying to get into the holiday mode but it takes s good imagination 😊 thanks for the lovely comment!

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      1. You are welcome Mme. H. I see that same full moon in a cloudless twilight sky. It’s worthy of your inspired poems. I think you must be having a Jimmy Buffet season down there. I’m sure all the snowbirds will be flocking in soon.

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          1. LoL 😂. My introduction to the European worship of sun and sauna was abrupt and my introverted countryboy self went into shock. After my initial OMG 🙈 and no small amount of their laughter and gentle humor, I was transformed by my German friends and my life became much richer immersed in their lifestyle. Did you experience a connection to cultures when you were abroad?

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          2. Being military they didn’t seem to care for us that much. I was very much into their lifestyle later on as a civilian. Actually the Florida Keys are a favorite spot for the nekkid sunbathers. I always brought a towel. 😊

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          3. I did run into the haters but there were many good people who were a blast to hang out with. Smart girl! Towels are one of those pieces of beach survival gear that has many purposes. I even used one to wrap my passed out sister in and haul her back home. She had no idea the next day how she didn’t get sunburned. I never told her about making her into a sandy terricloth burrito.

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          4. I truly enjoyed the older ones. Everyone of them had an amazing story to tell. Yes my sister was a wild one and tho she has settled down a lot, she still lives in the backwoods of Walkulla County and has wrestled a nice little homestead out of the swamp near the St. Marks River. She grows pineapples in the front yard just because she can. Ha ha ha! The Katzenjammer was a way of life in the mornings but the evenings were for living loud and proud.

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          5. Sis has faired well with the storms. She does get isolated during floods but she is always prepared. I just remembered during our bear stories that one time she lived at the very edge of the Apalachicola National Forest near Crawfordville and she still did laundry by hand and hung the clothes out on a clothesline to dry. Everyday was an adventure as there were lots of critters and ocassionally a bear would wander by while she was out tending to the laundry. She decided to go into town and rescue three large dogs to keep her company. They rewarded her for her kindness with many years of loyal friendship and guard duty. She was my best friend growing up and we did a lot of exploring together since we lived in the country. I was practicing my knife throwing I learned from Tanto watching the Lone Ranger on Saturday mornings and when I stuck my home made knife in her chest, it caused a bit of a rift in our friendship. My mother wore my little Tanto knife throwing ass out and we were friends again because she knew she would never have to be my test dummy again plus, I gave her some of her proudest scars. Most of the time, we were both embedded in some mischevous plot together. I think I might have been an enfluence on her. 😬😳

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          6. I love hearing about your adventures with your sister H. It’s a very loving relationship I can tell. I admire her tenacity, a city girl, I couldn’t endure being isolated in the country . I have no siblings, I missed that. I remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto, it’s not nice to stab your sister…lol. I’m glad it was not too serious. 🙂

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          7. I do love my siblings. We have stuck together through every challenge life has thrown our way. I have an older brother and another sister 13 years younger and equally as wonderful. I made sure she was properly brothered and she also has led an adventurous life with a love for the great outdoors. My youngest daughter has continued the family free spirit and travels the world climbing mountains, canoeing, paddleboarding, ziplining and any other outdoor challenge she can dream up. They are big enfluences on my effort to write about strong female characters and they never sacrificed their femininity to accomplish their goals. What I have found to be an irrefutable truth is that if a woman develops a skill and has the will to achieve her goals and the support of others important to her, she can accomplish phenominal things. Size and strength can be physical limitations for both genders but a person that limits themselves unnecessarily will achieve only what they allow themselves to do. There is nothing wrong with that, but for those whose spirits call out to them to find a higher level of being, freedom starts in the mind and the body follows. I can see now how your deep sensitivity and reflection was born and your own travel and observation of life is almost peerless when expressed in your poetry and conversation. I’m quite thrilled with your tolerance of my endless stories.

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          8. I bet you are an awesome to the max mom! He is a lucky young fellow and I’m sure he knows it. Of course, boys like to challenge their moms. My challenge was a frog in the pocket of my pants thrown in the dirty clothes bin. I loved to hear her call my name with a hand full of toad frog. 😁

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          9. Oh yes, that’s how it starts. He’s on the road to greatness and you will probably notice a gray hair or two before you are ready. Moms have to keep Dads and Sons grounded or all kinds of gnarly motor driven land and water craft pop up in the yard and a shed full of tools to work on those devices is required as well. It snowballs rapidly. I’ve seen it happen 😉

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          10. Oh, I thought he would be younger since mom is still young. He has historically strong genes coupled with smart and sensible, exactly what our young people need to take over the wheel and keep us out of the ditch. That education is critical. I need someone young and smart to take my place so I can go home and hike more than a day or two. I wish him success and happiness.

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          11. Easily deserved Holly and thank you as well. I enjoy good news stories about the youngsters although they don’t like being referred to as youngsters, they’ll understand later how they never grow old in our eyes.

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          12. LMAO 😂. I remember thinking that. When you are 18, 30 seems a long way off. I can still remember being 18. It was a great year. My mother turned 19, 13 days after I was born. When I was 18 she was also a best friend, someone I trusted to always have the right answer and my best interest at heart. My father and mother were both teenage parents and I remember riding in the back seat of the car with the radio blasting and them singing along on the way to Macdonald’s to get hamburgers. They loved doing things outdoors and going places and mom always took us kids along and let us burn ourselves out so they could enjoy a quiet evening. I think that ignited my adventure genes for later.

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          13. That’s amazing and so familiar. My childhood was unstable . My mom died when I was Eight, my father was in the military and detached. I spent summers with my Grandparents, the only consistency I had. They were incredible.

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          14. We do have similar paths. I understand the detachment. It is a consequence of learning not to connect or care so the pain of loss is minimized. It had me by the throat for a while but I learned it is far better to feel than be numb and distant. I am so sorry to hear that you lost your mother so young. My father was in the Navy and so we lived with my grandparents as well. I was too young to process challenges we faced and my grandparents treated me firmly but with love.

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          15. Right you are H, we detach to avoid the pain of loss, or to numb ourselves from hurt. That we were raised by grandparents is ironic, it’s hard to imagine taking on that challenge in your later years. They are heroes.

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          16. Beautifully said Holly. I know they made a difference for me. I may have been a bit wild but they gave me the will to accomplish things when everyone else thought it couldn’t be done. My nephew is the same. He grew up breaking barriers and limits and now he is a fine Marine Corp officer at the top of his peers.

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          17. We do consider ourselves to be quite eccentric. Thank you Holly, I suspect there are many good stories on your side as well. I am in awe of your mastery of poetry and wonder if you just evolved it on your own or did you have early enfluences that led you to it?

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          18. I’ve always loved writing. At age 8 poetry assignment was published in the Dade County School Board song book. Lol. My Dad bought me an antique Underwood typewriter and I wrote stories for my friends. I work in the medical field , completely unrelated but I still write. I’m very impressed with your writing H, you are extremely intelligent and expressive. I’m really blown away by your skill and intuition.

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          19. This is so interesting Holly. I’m an INFJ personality type if that helps explain my attachment to your writing. You are kind to say those things but I deeply appreciate that you get my writing. I find most of my Blogoteer friends that I connect with in a strong way all have very similar backgrounds and experiences. I always say we are from the same tribe which is to say we have a lot in common. I started my reading and writing early, have a 1946 Royal typewriter from my grandfather, and strong ties to the medical field and I’m from Florida. We must be tribal cousins. Should I call you Cuzz now? 😄

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          20. do you live next door? 😄
            I can’t say I am an INJF personality . I
            am impetuous, impulsive, spontaneous, all the things that will get one into trouble. I am also a very caring and an empath which creates problems for me as well. Still we have antique typewriters, we are tribal cousins 🙂

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          21. Waaa haaa haa! You are a true artist then. I’m sure I’ve seen you at the beach but didn’t know it was you. I don’t run up to ladies I dont recognize because they all carry pepper spray. What is your tribal tattoo? Mine is an anatomically correct Pegasus back tat. That’s how my people recognize me and I get pepper sprayed a lot less that way. 😉

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          22. Next time I see a Celtic Warrioress at the beach, I’ll know it’s you. Hummingbirds. I definitely get that. My sister says the same thing. She told me she carries pepper spray to season her predators to taste. She likes them spicy and carved thin. She’s a hoot.

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          23. She is a hoot! I ‘m sure I would like her very much. These stand your ground folks are just looking for a chance to stand their ground. I try to stay out of any areas that are unsafe, in other words, I can’t go around the block. Seriously, I carry a very small pistol at times, a pearl handle 25 caliber given to me by my father in law. I would like them to change the gun laws in Florida, our kids need a safe environment to learn in. It’s heartbreaking.

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          24. I agree and I applaud your savvy approach to your personal safety. Our children deserve a comprehensive, enduring effort at every level of society and government to protect, educate, and integrate them into a safe and secure society. We will never obtain perfection but we should try every day to get there. Our children are our national treasure and deserve our best efforts. We are one mind in this Holly.

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          25. I could not have said this better, thank you H. Our children are the future, that they have to be afraid to attend school is a national disgrace. I don’t think anyone plans to go into ones home and take the gun if they are a law abiding citizen in their right mind and properly registered to own a gun but our government is bought and paid for by the NRA.

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          26. Agreed. We need leaders not afraid to make hard choices. The NRA is blind to real actionable solutions. Things are not the same as 300 years ago or even 30 years ago. We need to understand the root causes of gun violence and prepare effective solutions. Thanks to the NRA, paralyzed government, a devisive citizenry, and ignorance on many other issues, gunning down scores of innocent people and especially defenseless children by one bad actor is a daily risk. It was heart breaking to read that people who survived one mass shooting were killed in another. This is not a one off occurrence.

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          27. I’m down for a new approach, a new plan, a better way. When I look how we continuously apply failed approaches to problem solving, I get worried. We can’t just throw more money at it. If Billions don’t have an effect why do we think more money into the same pig that can’t fly is going to help. OMG! I just ranted 🤭. Sorry. My Sergeant Dan just popped out of nowhere.

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          28. It’s true Sgt. Dan, but is our government sincerely seeking a solution if it means giving up the millions of dollars being pocketed by them every year by the NRA? Arm our teachers? So ludicrous it is frightening. OMG, I’m ranting too. 🙂

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          29. ✊🏼 The tribe is united. I always say follow the money and you’ll find the crook. Just say no to armed teachers. They aren’t there for that. Securing schools is actually very easy but fraud, waste, and abuse keeps the coffers drained of the investment needed, or so the Dept of Education says. I like your rants. You should do that more often.

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          30. I do remember some very good posts for worthy causes. I like how you reveal a truth and a path to it. Instead of the common nose biting, ear pulling, and crafty bully words, you bring us in to inform, to educate, and all with a kind of tough love stance. I like that you choose your battles wisely. There is a noble path in the warrior ethos here.

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          31. Can’t give up. That’s why you’ve written one if the best tales ever that needs professional publishing. When I say it’s fantastic you can believe me. I’ve edited a number of books and yours is up there with the best. Keep writing Mr D, you’re brilliant.

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          32. It is a joy. It’s like meeting good friends at the outdoor cafe for afternoon coffee and a good bakery pastry, catching up, sharing hopes, and dreams, and writerly things before going home for dinner and closing out the day. I count that as one of the blessings in life.

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