“The Winter Hours”


“The Winter Hours”

The winter hours are safest for
The plow; they so easily provide excuse to keep
On moving in despair here to hopes of there with deep
Devotion to the task. No bus, no métro car,
No walk through cobalt icebound parks
Allows the luxury of lingering admiration.
Exposure of limb, hands, feet,
He’ll not remain in temperatures that have no heat
With trusts that have no memory. Transportation
Only occupies his thoughts, no time for sparks,
Nor accounting in the arc of sirens to the eye;
No genuflection to the fleeting moment, distraction on the fly.
Of course, the beauties of certain summer’s wealth
Welcomes him in time, but in the hour he relies on stealth.


4 responses to ““The Winter Hours”

  1. Oh, so true, my friend— this has been a winter than only the steel nose of a plow could find pleasure in. I’m in Ohio… I think you’re in Canada? Anyway, we have been getting the sort of winter that’s “normal” for Canada. And the temperatures visited upon Canada by that Polar Vortex (cute name; sounds like a movie for kids) have been nothing shy of brutal. “Stealth” is definitely the only mindset for winters like this. Glad you could find some eloquence for a winter that has certainly evoked… our discontent!

    • Yes, Richard would love this! Last year was almost as bad, but the clincher is that our summer featured three days of rain, one of sun, three days of rain, one of sun, et cetera, et cetera, so that the effect has been one of chill and cold, if not, freezing since the autumn of 2012. And get ready! Here comes another snow storm for Ohio all the way to New York City. We have but a dusting of snow here in Montreal but we’ve got the vortex which is a hell for everyone here but is pushing down on you with a possible foot of snow and ice from D.C. to New York City [straight south from us]. Say warm!

  2. I’m re-reading The Covenant of Baha’u’llah by Adib Taherzadeh and find certain “synchronicities” in this poem—revolving around folks willingness to linger in Winter

    • 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

      13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

      13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

      The Gospel According to St. Mark

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