Of the Winter to Come

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I tucked in mums among the fading petunias
and prettied the pots ready for Fall.
They are propped up in Summer’s shiny sun
as their faces reach for the rays
Grateful and accepting of their short life.

A fleeting image
in the corner of my mind’s eye
fondant candy ice-covered petals

It was there, like an effigy
just for a second–but so bold
A premonition
an image of snow and bone-chill
isolation and wandering
Dark, dead flower heads spent for another season
Not returning like their perennial sisters

Typical me, always looking ahead
while stuck in the past
never thankful for the moment
The sun on my face, flowers in my lap
children at apron’s length
Thinking of ice crystals on a
hundred degree day
Already wishing the season away while
begging for it to stay


Is it just me, or can you feel it, too? Maybe it’s the slight north wind, a stray leaf among the green or the winter-laden catalogs that are starting to fill the mailbox. It’s coming, my friends, and the Almanac predicts it to be a long one in my neck of the woods. Sending you summer vibes and wishes that yours lasts as long as you want it to.

If you have the chance, look at the beautiful music video by the Zac Brown Band. It inspired this free write and the tilt-shift cinematography is amazing! (Mr. Liam Hemsworth ain’t so bad either!)

10 thoughts on “Of the Winter to Come

  1. I think one of the reasons I’m sort of dreading (?) fall is because last winter was so long and hard. So it’s not just you. I remember feeling depressed heading from summer into fall 10 years ago for the same reason. It was a cyclical dread that broke on its own. And came back like I guess cycles do. I guess winter’s inevitable as is bracing for it. Mums are lovely. Let’s just look at those.

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    • Good plan, Kristen!
      I think it was the mum/ice visions that freaked me out for a bit. Those are the last things I cut back and are always covered with ice when I do. Glad our paths crossed this morning…we can keep each other in the moment, right?

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  2. I can’t wait for fall. I’m so, so tired of the heat here in Arizona. I bought two pairs of jeans today, as though I can will the colder weather into coming sooner! Always looking ahead while stuck in the past, that’s me alright. I may not be able to muster up gratitude for the heat but I can be thankful for air conditioning. That’s a compromise. 🙂

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    • That’s a wonderful compromise, Karen!
      Our cold front came in with a gentle north breeze this morning. Looking forward to a 75 degree Fall day. I may crack out the denims, too!!!
      Have a fantastic Friday and great weekend, my friend!

      PS: LOVING the Soul Restoration series. I’m on lesson #2

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  3. You wrote:

    “never thankful for the moment”

    Never? I don’t believe that — nope, notta. You are just too damn hard on yourself, but I still love ya. 😉 ❤

    I am so looking forward to my favorite season.

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Elliot

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  4. You make this writing look so easy! Lovely poem, Michelle. I’m not ready for the changing seasons…it’s been so chilly the last week or so and it’s not even October! So…I’m echoing your poetry. (And great photo too.)


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