WINTER'S BLANKET

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By: Wayne Brown


Low clouds gather close to hide the rays of bright sun


Temperatures dropping; winter is here, fall is done


Wind blows dead leaves from the limbs of the trees


Soon the snow flies with temperatures that freeze



Plants brace their roots for the arrival of winter’s core


Squirrels scurry about with acorns laying in winter’s store


The grass has turned brown and is hugging to the ground


The wind blows about the tree branches with a chilling sound



Birds of all type head south on their strong, feathered wings


This land will be in spring blooms again before they sing


Barnyard livestock thicken up their winter coat of hair


The chill signaling the coming winter is riding on the air



A fireplace steeped with wood; flames burn orange ‘n yellow


A warmth about the room; cup of chocolate with marshmallow


Winter coming on rapidly with its gray and chilling tones


If the snow flies early, it’ll be a long chill for these ol’ bones



Chimney smoke rising into decks of low-hanging, gray clouds


Virgin snowflakes fall wrapping a woven white shroud


Moisture freezes on the cold of the window pane


One look says ol’ man winter is here once again



The pond is frozen over a like a skater’s ice rink


Wild geese fly in formation; their wings move in sync


The quiet of winter blankets all of this great land


This little world rests in silence until spring comes again



Staring into the dance of the fireplace’s flames


I see myself a loser in love’s cruel game


The void of your presence now that you are gone


And I stand to face a winter of love alone



The solitude of the long and lonely winter trek


Remembering the caress of your fingers on my neck


The lost love; the turmoil; the hurt when we sank it


There’s nothing left but the warmth of a winter’s blanket



I fear this long, cold winter will not come with your return


I fear the loneliness of lost love in my heart will ever burn


The time for your awaited return is long, long overdue


I can only dream to spend another winter’s night with you



©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.


9 January 2012


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Hi Wayne I'm glad I read your poem. You used beautiful imagery and set the mood very well. Voted up.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@carolinemd21...So glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to paint a strong picture of winter as the backdrop of love lost. Hopefully I pulled it off. Thanks much! WB


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waleeds 4 years ago from Islamabad,Pakistan

wow what a beautiful poem brown! how nice it is to think of a cold weather sitting on a bonfire with Shakespeare's exquisite dramas or wayne brown's poems...together with cigars!! i like it though!

you have a great style of expressing some real feelings. Voted up and awesome keep writing these hubs, i'll be wondering what comes next?


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BakerRambles 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Carolinemd21 is right, the imagery is so intense and vivid. Great Job!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@waleeds...Thank you so much. I'll certainly keep trying to crank more out. At times I feel like I have written about most things twice already but then something comes to mind in a new and fresh way. Creativity wins the day! WB

@BakerRambles...Thank you...so glad you enjoyed it. WB


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

My friend you couldn't have chosen a better Canadian folk singer in Gordon Lightfoot's ballad as a backdrop to a broken heart without one's love in your life on a chilly winter night. Your poetry as always Wayne is very descriptive and draws us into each verse. You pulled this one off with class, Bravo, well done. Now I want to warm up in front of that blazing fireplace you pictured here.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Such a beautiful picture you paint.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WB - beautiful poem and I found myself realizing it hasn't snowed here this year. The end was sad but lovely all the same:) up and everything but funny.


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

Does it snow much in Texas? Winter is easier to take when you have someone to cuddle up with. Voted up.

Maureen


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Wayne, your words of winter made me shiver, your lost love made me feel lonely, a fabulous poem and voted up.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful poem also a little sad. Voted up and beautiful.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great work Wayne. I imagine this is a welcome break after having to battle the troll patrol that has been mobilized lately on the Hub.

Great poem. Peace be with you and yours.

The Frog


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

You make me WANT to put on my poets hat...but, this brain cannot seem to spit anything out right now.

I am such a fan of yours, I alway love any of your work.

this one is right up there at the top.

Chris


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...Thanks Ken I wanted to contrast the winter with the loss of love...hopefully I pulled it off. WB

@QudsiaP1...Thank you very much. Very glad you like this one. WB

@RealHousewife...I am really surprised that you have had snow especially with all that pre-Christmas storms activity that was going on in the midwest. Lucky you! WB

My Minds Eye53...Not here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We might get a dusting or two along with the dreaded "ice storm" which really wrecks the place each year. In places like Lubbock and Amarillo and along the Pandhandle, it is a more common sight. We mainly get the cold north wind which puts an extra chill into our temps around freezing. Thanks much. WB

@Movie Master...You picked up on the contrast quite well...thanks much for the good words. WB

@writer20...Thank you...just a tad sad, yes! WB

@The Frog Prince...Thanks Jim. Its a refreshing change. The trolls despise my mindset but cannot effectively express one of their own. Maybe that is why they are so easily convinced to follow that lead. WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt...You know what I say, Chris...don't force it and what does come will be all the better. When I hit the wall, I turn in another direction which my brain seems to be less tired of dealing with and things come much quicker. I just did that with a political essay or two and the return to poetry was quite welcome. I appreciate the good words...you humble me sir. WB


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello Wayne. You succeeded very well in writing about Winter. It chilled my bones but inspired me to see the beauty of enforced closeness and the gorgeous barren landscape. The rhyme is not forced or overdone and flows beautifully.


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Good poem


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

It's about 70 degrees outside right now and I was warm when I started reading this. Now I'm really cold, Wayne, as a result of your so-realistic cold weather descriptions.

Chilly poetry but beautiful nevertheless.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Hyphenbird...Thank you, I tend to roll my verses with the season! LOL! WB

@KDee411...Thank you so much! WB

@drbj...Doc, its cold in winter due to the temps and in this particular some of the chill is coming off the cold, cold heart of a love gone south! LOL! WB


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Beautiful piece Wayne. I enjoyed the reading and the meaning within.

Hope you are doing well.

Donna


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Princess...Thanks so much, Donna. So glad you enjoyed this one. Loss of love and the onslaught of winter have a lot of commonality...I wanted to portray that here. We are all fine and braced for a Texas winter! LOL! WB


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

It's a good thing you are so talented and eclectic.. You have a comfortable haven to go home to after the attack dogs lunge. I may have to broaden my horizons as well. Up beautiful and awesome.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...I thank God that I was wired for the right side. Try writing a poem...it's a breath of fresh air after dealing with the reasoning of a liberal. WB


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very beautiful....


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Wow, this is beautiful, sensitive and romantic. Are you running for man of the year or what? Your range is huge! Bravo, bravo, bravo... now I need a tissue. Beauty and sad together make me have to invest in Kleenex. It's a girl thing. Their stock is going to go up after this one.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@always exploring...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it. WB

@poetvix...Not running but I'll take the award!LOL! I find that range is the engine that drives creativity and also keeps the mental block at bay for a while longer. I never try to push it...I just take it as it comes and go with it as it flows. You have let your mind go...really let it go. WB


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Houa Lor 4 years ago from Minnesota

Wow! What a great and vivid hub!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Houa Lor...Thank you...I get lucky with the words sometimes! WB


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Vivid imagery, apt descriptions, and sad ending. Loved it.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Senoritaa...Thank you...glad that I could paint those visions in words. WB


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

A beautiful ode to winter done by the cowboy poet. Awesome...


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@A.A. Zavala...Thanks much, so glad you liked it! WB


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

You were brought to my attention by Saddlerider (now Vincent Moore) and this is the first piece of yours I have read. I am A-MAZED! You set such a beautiful picture, reminded me of the cold winter nights I’m now experiencing, and then you hit me with loneliness and heartache. I am off to read more and follow!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Ardie...Well, thank you so much. Ken is such a loyal friend and is always promoting me to others. He is the far classier poet...I'm just the lemonade stand variety. I am so glad that he steered you over. If you liked this one, I have probably 200 more you will enjoy as well so take your time and wonder through the archive. WB


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Wayne, I love your work, and I love all the respect you earn. I only have one, so far, and im so happy with the super comments and great people. It's so awesome when these great poets give their opinion and strokes. I need em. Makes me puuur.

Thanks

Kay


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@KDee411...Just remember, everybody started with one..that was me 23 months ago and I had no idea what was to come...I just went with the inspirations as the came and tried to keep the quality up. If you work those angles, word of mouth will normally take care of the rest. WB


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

My goodness, Wayne, just a minute ago I was in Just-ask-Susan's corner and her haiku's about Valentine brought to my mind a fireplace exactly like this one.

How terribly sad to look at such an epitome of love and togetherness with pain in one's heart -

"The solitude of the long and lonely winter trek

Remembering the caress of your fingers on my neck

The lost love; the turmoil; the hurt when we sank it

There’s nothing left but the warmth of a winter’s blanket"

Oh, you've promptly shrunk my heart with this!

Longing is surely unbearable while watching flames playing in a hearth -

"I fear the loneliness of lost love in my heart will ever burn

The time for your awaited return is long, long overdue

I can only dream to spend another winter’s night with you"

Oh, this is a heart-breaking scene!

All thumbs and toes up for this one, Wayne. I can clearly see this scene in a movie.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@MartieCoetser...Thanks so much, Martie...glad I could push your buttons with these words. I did wrestle with the lost love aspect as I could have quit the writing early on and just had a nice poem about winter but then it might not have been as interesting. Thanks for the good word and the great marks! WB

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