RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Gold Star - 144,832 Points (October 6,1950 / New Jersey)

Winter Cold - Poem by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Spring is here, yet winter has not left us.
It's a time for blossoms to come forth - but they are freezing
from the cold.
Look out a window and see the bright sun shining everywhere,
see the warmth hanging in the air?
Outside the door, I take a step, my breath I can see blowing
in the wind.
It's cold against my skin and quickly I step back in.
Contented now to watch the warm looking sunshine from a window
within my heated room.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Wrote this one in 1976.

Comments about Winter Cold by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

  • (4/13/2018 7:21:00 AM)

    Spring is here, yet winter has not left us. Nicely portrayed and communicated. (Report) Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (12/18/2017 5:10:00 PM)

    Liked the delicate opening line.. Enjoyed reading the write (Report) Reply

  • Tomas Prato (12/21/2016 6:15:00 AM)

    At Last, Reading a Poem in Good English on This Awful Site!
    Just been reviewing some really bad poems on Poemhunter. Then I came across your poem.
    Your English is good.

    The 2nd line: but they are freezing from the cold. You know what that's called? Pathetic fallacy.
    I am sure you can do better than that.

    Can you SEE the warmth hanging in the air? Think again! You need another verb there. I don't think you SEE warmth. (And note, you've repeated the word 'see' again in the next line. I'm sure you have a better vocabulary.)

    There's a lot of potential in this poem, but you need to sharpen your skills a little more.

    Don't let these insincere flatterers who rave about every poem get you trapped in the delusion that you are top rate. We all need to learn so much more - to craft and shape a true work of art demands discipline. Not this mushy flattery from people who don't know English (and are better off, writing in their native languages!)
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    Rod Mendieta (8/24/2017 1:42:00 PM)

    I value sincerity in whatever guise, whether polished smooth or with jagged edges, though I had misgivings all the way through with this comment, expecting it to end with an invitation to subscribe to the poster's website for an inside look at all the tricks that will turn us all into great poets!

  • Istabraq Al Ahmadi (7/22/2016 11:21:00 AM)

    Deeply felt sensations masterfully cheselled in a way that encourages the reader to take the plunge to explore the beauty of the images whose directness enables her/him to capture the essence of the whole poem. I really liked it. Though, we're suffering heatwave, I felt the chilliness of winter while reading the poem! Yet, I think that the poem addresses something deeply psychological. The opening lines are reminiscent of D. G. Rossetti's Barren Spring (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (4/3/2016 8:24:00 AM)

    Spring is here, yet winter has not left us.A beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Abderrahmane Dakir (1/27/2016 7:00:00 AM)

    Deeply description. Your imagination is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (1/26/2016 4:58:00 PM)

    It's like being there. Seasons can't be rushed. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 8:10:00 PM)

    Enjoyed this warm-hearted poem, though it's cold outside. Cold weather stops me in my tracks. Lol. I wrote one similar to this, hope to share it sometime soon. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (1/16/2016 9:41:00 PM)

    So real so refreshing-rescued in a room of warmth from the cold out doors. Thanks for shearing my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (10/26/2015 8:32:00 AM)

    I can relate to this poem you wrote in 1976...It still works in MN in 2015 RoseAnn. Nice work. I like this write. It conveys the early spring imagery as well as the human emotion...that feeling of being locked in from the cold. Thanks for sharing this! :) (Report) Reply

  • Fatemeh Tarkashvand (10/23/2015 11:13:00 AM)

    Dear Roseann that was great. I love the part that mother is source of love and keep all family together (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2015 7:52:00 AM)

    ...beautiful poem, these kinds of days are wonderful...
    and your poem nicely captures the day ★
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  • Tan Pratonix (9/11/2015 10:16:00 PM)

    You said everything in so few and such simple words. Like Soul Watcher said, you make the reader live the situation you're talking about. I enjoyed this. I know what you're talking about. Been to America, experienced the winter there. And I know...Spring is here, yet winter has not left us. Winter doesn't leave easy! (Report) Reply

  • Tan Pratonix (9/11/2015 10:13:00 PM)

    You said everything in a few simple words. Like Soul Watcher said, you make the reader live the situation. Bless you, RoseAnn! (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher (9/2/2015 2:02:00 AM)

    Very awesome, your diction in describing the events is so nice such as when you say Outside the door, I take a step, my breath I can see blowing
    in the wind.
    It's cold against my skin and quickly I step back in.
    You make the reader live the situation you're talking about.
    Thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/12/2015 4:34:00 AM)

    I can feel the winter.i love it (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (8/11/2015 2:41:00 AM)

    Sometimes it is necessary in the cold, winter months to remain inside if possible. Well it's summertime now but I can still see the images of winter. Excellent poem..... (Report) Reply

  • Ayman Parray (8/4/2015 2:13:00 AM)

    1976 must have been a great year. An age of rock music and a great year in films too. And there you were waiting for spring, in an exciting era, writing a wonderful poem called 'Winter Cold'. That's where my imagination takes me when I read your poem. I feel somehow nostalgic of that time and era, through your poem even though I have never been there. The winters here in my home are severe but I love it. I have learned to adopt to it and when winters come, an inexplicable feeling comes which I welcome with open arms. I think every poet aspires to write about the seasons and the elements - the things that affect us a lot, on a daily basis. You have done so brilliantly and in a way that inspires me. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2015 6:59:00 PM)

    Here in southern Ontario, its spring Now, yet its currently -3 and snowing intermittingly, I know the feelings expressed in this all to well, I know that feeling all to well, you get a nice couple of days then the ravages of winter make a desperate bid to reclaim their thrown, but Spring will come. Fantastic work, superb as always (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (1/16/2015 7:25:00 PM)

    Outside the door, I take a step, my breath I can see blowing
    in the wind.
    A beauty of description that has been frozen in this short poem on winter. Like poet the reader while going outside of this poem sees the breaths of his liking blowing in the wind and thinks to remain in the warmth of the poetry...................10
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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