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Talking Winter Winds

Updated on November 13, 2020
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Kathi writes about fossils and other earthly subjects, plus the natural history of Michigan, poetry, and more.

Winterbreeze talks to me

randomly swaying naked tree branches

Its softness of breath summons my attention

and suddenly I'm aware of the moment

I regard its steady flow

ruffling the beach grass of winter gold

as it whispers . . .

come lay with us and witness the sky

Winterwind speaks to me too

driving the big lake

rolling rhythmically the hypnotic white caps

Closing my eyes, my form folds into the surf

with echoes of crashing cymbals

that shake my senses

Sometimes, Winterwind bangs at my window

forcing me to look out

and respect Nature's power

as timbres of chimes ring-a-ling-a-ling

reminding me you’re there, my love


unable to merge spirits

Wintergale roars at me

Less often, thank goodness

making it impossible to overlook its fury


forcing itself through the forest pines

quivering every needle

rousing every fallen leaf

It howls, stay inside

hooooold still

I’m not here to harm

Finally, Wintergale grants awakening calm

guiding me to search within

I obey

© 2010 Kathi Mirto


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    • Fossillady profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathi Mirto 

      8 years ago from Fennville

      No longer privy to the winter winds? Lucky you . . . thank you for the wonderful comment ps! Just caught the drift of the angels! :O)

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      No longer am I privy to the winter winds...but have enjoyed and even endured many of those winds that bring a chill to the bone and yet a thrill at the same time.

      Lovely and well done...

      have a lovely lovely day

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Wow, manny, thank you for the nice compliment. I'm glad you felt it!

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      10 years ago

      Talking winter winds... very interesting! I read a few times and enjoyed it more and more each time... and felt the emotions more and more each time!

    • Fossillady profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Yes, there is something special about the winds whispering through the trees that touches me deep down. That makes us kindred spirits, my friend! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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      10 years ago

      Fossillady , You make me want to be outside , I love the winds in the trees or as it moans through the entire forest , and yes even at the corners of the house in the cold darkness, as long as I have the wood stove.

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Thank you Holly, the feeling is mutual, I'm glad I discovered you here at the hub!

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      Holly Matheson 

      10 years ago

      Beautiful poem. I love your use of words,very intriguing!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      You're most welcome!

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing the winterscapes imagery. Beautiful..

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Micky Dee, That's very sweet of you to say, Thank you

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      You are absolutely beautiful!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Well I hope you were warmed up Tuesday from the chill of winter winds and I'm glad you came here with that goal in mind. Today, it actually got into the mid 40's affording us a brief relief! As always, keep on writing!

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      10 years ago

      ...I always return to the great ones - meaning you of course and this wonderful poetic paen to nature - Talking Winter Winds - and this is also a report to you from my lake today on Tuesday - it looks like the ocean because the winds are so strong - and here by the lake as you can imagine - the wind chill is everything - especially in winter - so that is why I have returned to the warmth of your writing - particularly this fine piece right here!

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      10 years ago

      ...well when I receive a blast of cold air from the northern side of Lake Erie here in Canada (you see where I live the wind chill is everything) - I will think of your evocative poetic paen to Mother Nature - you see I literally live about 100 feet or so from the Lake - and if you know anything about a Great Lake it looks like an ocean my vantage point. At the end of my property is the lakeshore road then the enbankment to the beach and then the lake. The greatest view in the world and I am so lucky (and happy) to have it in my life every day and night. I also take my cat for a walk everyday on the beach but there is so much snow down there right now we have to keep on the road.

      Mister Gabriel is deaf and must wear a body harness when we go for a walk (with a leash) but he loves it on a daily basis just a little dog other cat Little Miss Tiffy is a supreme diva of the highest order and goes wherever she wants ...... lol lol

      Thank you for all of your support this past year and I sincerely wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year ......and please keep writing for me - you are very very very good - as I feel we are soulmates with our love of nature and the animals in it!!!!

    • Fossillady profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      It was my pleasure, glad you liked it and that it stirred something inside you! That's the ultimate goal for all of us writers and the greatest compliment! Thank you!

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      10 years ago from USA

      Its been especially cold here lately so I can really relate. Out of the majority of poems and poetry I have read, only a scant few allows me to actually feel and have emotions as this poem did. Its excellent.


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