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Meditations on an Icy Night

Updated on May 13, 2014
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Sherri runs an online craft store and enjoys gardening and listening to classic rock. One day she hopes to be a writer.

The night is cold and quiet

There is only the sound of sleet

It assaults the glass of my window

Its sound is--hypnotic

I close my eyes

Allowing the sound to be my escort

To take me down a path of icy dreams

The world has stopped

There are no cars

No engines humming

No headlights shining luminescent beams

Into my bedroom window

What does it take to make the world stop?

Is it the ice?

These marvelous white sculptures

Hanging from cables and power lines

Long smooth cones of crystal

Emerging from the edges of my roof

The art of nature!

An exhibition created for humanity to see

One attempt to slow the race to a pause

To make us reflect on the time we waste

Scurrying to and fro

Like ants marching to their hills

Carrying the weight of the world on our backs

Into the hill we march and out again

A constant cycle of work

I pause to think

Is time spent in contemplation truly wasted time?

Or is it the gift of a moment?

A time to connect with that which is greater

To stare into the cold quiet dark

And untie the straps that bind our soles.


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    • sherrituck profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherri Tuck 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you, Anna. Thank you even more for reading it twice.

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      Anna Haven 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      I picked this poem out to read from them all, read it, liked it and then realised I had been here before! Again, I liked the imagery and the feeling at its core very much.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you. I wrote this poem in my head while listening to the sleet hit my window. I had no place to go that day and realized just how peaceful the moment seemed to be.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Living in an area where there is definitely a winter made me truly appreciate your poem. You captured the essence. Voted up.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Although I do use my original artwork and photography at times, this is not one of my own. I found it in a public clip art folder. I wish I could take the credit because it is a lovely photo.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      6 years ago

      @Sherri, I know exactly how you feel, it's the same for me. I look forward to reading more of your work. I meant to also comment that the photo is amazing.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Hi Joanne! Thank you so much. I love the displays found in nature. They are sometimes my greatest inspiration.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      6 years ago

      Oh, I love this and how you so eloquently expressed the feelings while painting a picture. "An exhibition created for humanity to see" love this line. Voted up!

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thak you. I am so glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      Anna Haven 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Great imagery, inspiring thoughtful poem.

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      6 years ago from Central Arkansas, USA

      Wonderful story. I am a meditator and teacher of meditation from a Christian perspective. I find it awesome when God uses people, places, situations and things to slow us down and go into our inner world. Is it a waste of time? Definitely not. And I don't think that you think so either. Thank you for your insight and expression. Blessings to you.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you, Gypsy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      A wonderful poem just right for some quiet meditation.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      It is all a reminder that we must slow down. The world we live in moves at a too frantic pace.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely poem. Time out to meditate and enjoy God's wonderful creation is so necessary for the peace of our hearts.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you, Billy. Quiet introspection is the elixir of life.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely work. One of my favorite things to do is go snowshoeing deep into the woods. Once I have reached a spot where there is no sound from the outside world, I will sit down, have a bite to eat, and soak it all in while reflecting on life. A waste of time? I think not!


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