Memories in snow.

The big lazy flakes of snow drift down
with the north
winds prevailing

And in slow time the earth hardens to ice
winters beginning
unfailing

The wind a constant it seems
it's directions
always changing

In cycles of the northeasterly pathes
circling
eternally rearranging

Yet I do love this self imposed exile
what is it ,
The winter of my soul?

I remember as a kid the
sweet scent
of snow and cold

Spent hours there looking out
the windows at
an unchanging scene

Not unlike a recurring dream world
nature really is this
a living dream

Going back in time fifty years , Probably my first outdoor memories are of snow , the smell of coal burning somewhere ,..... drifting woodsmoke and the harsh north winds that accompany a storm path , The natural beauty of an endless cycle , one day grey .... dark .....wet , dripping and cloud strewn . The next stormy ..... blowing , deep ,deep blankets of cottony beauty and then the cold silence that accompanies the next storm front moving aloft , days and even weeks of cold nights , sunny days and the whispering moans of the wind in the tall pine trees .
And just like flicking through the quickly turning pages of a book , the visions pass before my inner eyes . And within them I smile at the faces of loved ones as they run by me , and even now with most of them gone .....the memories remain and cycles of winter move along .



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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

awesomme thoughts... we must have been brothers in another life, the way we think we may have once been the same person on a different plane.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Beautiful as always my friend. Enjoy your run up to Christmas.

Eddy.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Lovely memories. While you go into the 'big freeze' we are about to enter all the heat of summer. Love the way you have expressed your feelings in poetry.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Snow and winter. When it snow it is lovely, as are your poems.

Voted up.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Yet I do love this self imposed exile

what is it ,

The winter of my soul?

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Absolutely wonderful; I love winter and snow.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Sigh..lovely sentiment, sir! I would probably love this more if i weren't staring out at 5 feet of snow, howling winds - and 15 below zero temps - but - that's just me..lol

Me lives in what google will tell you - is the coldest damned city in the entire damned world!

But, er...ahem...beautiful poem, Cowboy E! (lol)..i do soo love the smell of fire..

voting and sharing on..


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lovely write! Isn't it wonderful how the smell of things can stir up old memories!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Great memories remembered. I can remember the smell of coal burning in winter.


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

This brought to my mind visions of growing up in Wyoming. I remember one year well where it blizzard for three days straight. My mother could hardly get us kids to leave the window, we were so mesmerize by the snow. I can still smell the coal burning in the fireplace and us begging to roast marshmallows over it. Awe the memories! Thanks for sharing these beautiful and touching words. A fine addition to our Christmas wonderland.


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TheDailyMessenger 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Wow!!!!! you have an amazing poem, very interesting. I voted up and I loved it. Keep it up!!!!

TDM


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful sentiments portrayed over winter and childhood memories...priceless!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

You write so well my friend. You brought me back those childhood nights of sleigh riding and sticking our tongues out to catch the snowflakes. To this day, when I look up and see a "full" white sky getting ready to dump the snow I am taken back to those days.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Ah, the sweet scent of snow and cold --nostalgia! I join you on your sentiments ahorseback... I love the scenes of winter but I'm not a winter person. It gives me heartache (and backache). :(

Lovely poem as always. Up and sharing.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. My best childhood memories are of snowy walks, catching snowflakes on my tongue and of course build that man out of snow. Passing this on.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have reminded me of how much I miss the snow. Living in Florida, we miss out on the effects of cold snow for the Christmas celebration. There is nothing as beautiful as a snow blanket on the earth Christmas morning.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

IMKarn , You my dear ,need to snuggle more to stay comfy!........he he . Do you need lessons ?........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Eiddwen , and look at you two there smiling as always , Thank you Eddy!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you so much blossom ! That means alot !..........:-}


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moonfairy 3 years ago

When I was a child I always anticipated company coming over because I loved the fresh smell of cold that came in with them......loved this hub!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Michele ! No Im just a guy .......your the lovely one here !......Hope all is well ....Hug.!!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Qudsia ! Yes , lets go for a sled ride !........Merry Christmas girl ! ........:-{}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi Audrey ! Yes it is , Thank you and Merry Chrismas my friend !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Always ! Yes I remember so many winters good and not so !........Be well my friend !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Tlpoague, ohh you lucky girl.... Wyoming !Are you a cow girl ?.............Merry Christmas dear lady !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

The Daily Messenger thank you so much !........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Ruchira , as are friends like YOU !..........Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Beckie , HI! And heres to a million more ! Keep those memories coming !..........Merry Christmas to YOU and YOURS!.....Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

ChrisSp.........Umm perhaps a hot tub , a glass of wine and a massage!?.........Hugs !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Gypsy Rose , thank you sweet pea!............Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Teaches , Perhaps a truck load dropped in your driveway ? Just wait till I dump it and hand you a shovel !.........Merry Christmas dear !....Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Moonfairy , thats it isnt it I love THAT memory too !

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