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Against Winter

Rating: 4.1
The truth is dark under your eyelids.
What are you going to do about it?
The birds are silent; there's no one to ask.
All day long you'll squint at the gray sky.
When the wind blows you'll shiver like straw.

A meek little lamb you grew your wool
Till they came after you with huge shears.
Flies hovered over open mouth,
Then they, too, flew off like the leaves,
The bare branches reached after them in vain.

Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier
Of a defeated army, you'll stay at your post,
Head bared to the first snow flake.
Till a neighbor comes to yell at you,
You're crazier than the weather, Charlie.
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COMMENTS
Audrey Van De Sandt 02 August 2017
La vérité est sombre sous tes paupières. Qu’est-ce que tu peux y faire? Les oiseaux se taisent; personne à qui demander. Toute la journée, tu creuseras le ciel gris. Le vent soufflant, tu trembleras comme la paille. Petit agneau falot, tu as poussé ta laine Jusqu’à ce qu’on te pourchasse avec d’énormes lames. Les mouches ont plané sur la plaie ouverte Puis, elles aussi, s’envolèrent comme les feuilles, Les branches nues tendues vers elles en vain. L’hiver vient. Comme le dernier soldat héroïque D’une armée defaite, tu tiendras ton poste, La tête dénudée sous le premier flocon. Jusqu’à ce qu’un voisin vienne te gronder, Tu es plus fou que la météo, Charlie.
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Fabrizio Frosini 05 March 2016
''The truth is dark under your eyelids. What are you going to do about it? The birds are silent; there's no one to ask.'' La verità è scura sotto le palpebre. Che cosa vuoi fare? Gli uccelli tacciono; non c'è nessuno a cui chiedere. ''A meek little lamb'' - Un piccolo agnello mansueto
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Kim Barney 07 January 2016
I have to agree with Julia Woodman. The first three lines of this poem are the best: The truth is dark under your eyelids. What are you going to do about it? The birds are silent; there's no one to ask.
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Susan Williams 07 January 2016
Fantastic! Beauty, imagination, and humor all combined in one poem. I enjoyed this read tremendously. Can't wait to read more of his work.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 07 January 2016
Fantastic depiction of the aura of approaching winter and a naughty boy welcoming first snow fall with bare head and rushing to cover it after yelled by a neighbor. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points.
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Edward Kofi Louis 07 January 2016
Seasons! ! With the muse of nature. Thanks for sharing.
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Anil Kumar Panda 07 January 2016
'Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier Of a defeated army, ' is very nice. Liked it.
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Julia Woodman 29 December 2015
Yes, I have one of his books, I particularly love the first 3 lines of this poem. It kind of fits into what I call psychological landscape poetry, which I coined to describe some of what I write.
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Good events of winter and happiness that follows. nice to read.
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Tissa Calvert 29 August 2008
love the phrase Winter Coming, Like the last heroic soldier. It reminds me of my three cousins fighting over seas
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