Valsa George

Winter - Poem by Valsa George

Winter, winter, how I feel your icy touch
The earth is under your freezing clutch
I hear the roar of gales from far
The sky is overcast without a single star

Icicles hang from the boughs of leafless trees
Nowhere can one spot the buzzing summer bees
Birds sit with wings drooping in their woody nests
From our sight, have departed all the beasts

Trees stand sleeping in the biting cold
And the sun has lost its sheen of gold
From nowhere comes the song of a single bird
On the slopes, none can sight the grazing herd

Roof tops are crusted with flakes of snow
Which the sun with sharp beams alone can thaw
Piles of snow lie heaped on the barren ground
And the entire Earth in a sea of ice drowned

Busy streets and pavements are now lying bare
People stay indoors and to go out, they hardly dare
The rodents have gone into hibernation in their ditch
And life altogether has gone out of pitch

In the smiting chill of a dreadful wintry night
When even through our bones, we feel the cold bite
How we like to sit cocooned beside the hearth
Sipping a cup of steaming tea in rising mirth

In such quiet hours, one can peruse into the pages of tomes
That will transport you to enchanting magical zones
Or engage in a hearty chat with friends and family
Thus turning even the bleakest hours, sweet and lively

Topic(s) of this poem: winter

Form: Ode

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Watching Nature is one of my passions! Having travelled to the West, I had opportunities to see the different phases of Nature with the changing seasons. In the West, seasonal changes are much more marked than in India! This poem on Winter has three more companions! As and when you get time, I invite you to have a look at my other poems titled Autumn, Summer and Spring which make a composite whole!

Comments about Winter by Valsa George

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/10/2017 11:12:00 PM)

    The winter of our souls call to us when we are down. Valsa, your poem calls for all icles to melt.10

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/9/2016 6:36:00 AM)

    Passions of nature! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Vaidyanathan Ram Iyer (10/23/2015 7:13:00 AM)

    Winter poem is superb, wonderful observation, thanks a lot mam. (Report) Reply

  • Josey Alfred (5/5/2015 8:08:00 AM)

    Wonderful winter poem, the poem is full with people and nature the agony and ecstasy of a lively mind.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Clarence Prince (4/5/2015 3:52:00 PM)

    Thus turning even the bleakest hours, sweet and lively. and how very nice?
    Thanks for sharing, Valsa!
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  • (4/5/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    An enchanting poem on Winter in the West.The poem is full of rhyme, rhythm and metre which sings from the heart. A pleasing and smooth flowing poem which culminates happily. lovely, Valsa! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (4/1/2015 8:11:00 AM)

    The tribute paid to the winter here is an assurance of nature`s vivid and myriad material ever being an enchanting thing for a poet`s creative flutter. The poem is a pleasant one with the negative aspects of the season kept at bay. A FINE WRITE deserving a 10, madam. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (3/30/2015 10:49:00 AM)

    I was trying to think where you were in India to observe what is the dead-on image of a North American winter. Perhaps in the Himalayas! Now from your note I see this was my part of the world, but how thoroughly you have embraced winter, in all its dimensions from the physical with cold, snow and ice to the cultural with people huddling together with hot lemon tea and the warmth of companionship. Now I want to get to India and do a poem there for you! Oh, Mother India, you have been summoning me for decades! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/29/2015 2:25:00 AM)

    The last line of the poem was the real icing on the cake. In spite of the gloominess that winter casts, life still can be made sweet and warm! (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2015 12:07:00 PM)

    One of the best winter poems I have ever read....Valsa.......really nature comes alive with your wonderful writing
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  • Hazel Durham (3/26/2015 10:18:00 AM)

    Winter beautifully painted with vivid observations of the change in nature and people as they all readjust to a colder spell of weather that brings inspiration for family gatherings or reading books to enchant us in front of a blazing fire! (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/25/2015 8:40:00 PM)

    Busy streets and pavements are now lying bare
    People stay indoors and to go out, they hardly dare
    We went through it for past few months. This winter was severe. More snow on the east coast amounting to several feet. Power lost and travel all paralyzed. However there are those who enjoy skiing. Snow is welcome for them. Melting snow keeps the ground wet in the months following to let plants grow fast.
    Your beautiful poem captures many aspects winter beautifully. Thank you.
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  • Bharati Nayak (3/25/2015 8:48:00 AM)

    With your poetic style you transport the readers from cold zone to a very warm and welcoming zone.A beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/24/2015 9:45:00 PM)

    You have described winter in great detail with your usual panache for rhyme and beauty. The poem ends with some practical advice too. Good write. (10) (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (3/24/2015 10:55:00 AM)

    You describe Winter with such fresh eyes Valsa. I feel as if I know it better now. My favourite lines are:
    'Piles of snow lie heaped on the barren ground
    And the entire Earth in a sea of ice drowned'
    Busy streets and pavements are now lying bare
    People stay indoors and to go out, they hardly dare
    'In such quiet hours, one can peruse into the pages of tomes
    That will transport you to enchanting magical zones'
    ....I could keep adding favourite lines but then I'd end up just reproducing the whole poem!
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  • Akhtar Jawad (3/24/2015 10:00:00 AM)

    It's a wonderful description of winter. Enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • (3/24/2015 6:25:00 AM)

    nicely make us to feel a cool winter in other part of this world (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/24/2015 2:18:00 AM)

    Very wonderful poem drafted. Winter's icy touch becomes memorable. Hearing the roars of gales increases the beauty of imagery inside. Touching poem shared really that turns mind to smooth and pleasing.10. (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (3/24/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    This is a charming poem true to winter and for me it has an exotic appeal as well as reminding of Indian snowy places like Nainital. Here where i am it's warm all the time with winter the mildest.
    I esp admired yor lines of cocooned and hibernation, creative sketches there!
    Kudos! High * rated.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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