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Winter Comes...

Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The cold north wind whirls

A chill touches these old bones

Leaves become a rainbow of colors

Stillness lingers at early dawn



Soon the snow will fly again

Blanketing the world in pure white

Ice will form on the pond surface

And dark cold will own the night



The geese fly over in formation

Making a v-shaped trek to the south

Squirrels scurry toward their nests

Carrying summer acorns in their mouth



Summer’s warmth is only a memory

Lost to the coming winter cold

The world is changing textures

And the north wind blows so bold



Hummingbirds have left the nectar

To find the warmth in other places

Frosty mornings are on the way

And cold fill these empty spaces




Warm flames lap about the oak wood

Silently making war on winter’s stubborn grip

A warm, cozy blanket and a comfy chair

A glass of red wine warming to the sip



Sleet droplets dance about on icy window sills

Robin puffs it feathers against cold's fingers

Icy feathered panes etched with winter's mark

Winter has returned and oh how long it lingers



Old Man Winter doth not make apologies

For all his icy, vast, chilled dimensions

He comes again not to please the world

Only to carry out his cold, cruel intentions


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...I wrote this one last winter along about this time in anticipation of the coming cold. As to how I match the music, I just let go of my feelings that are associated with the given piece of work and try to match them. If the music has the same impact on me as the writing does, I generally know that I have a match of moods and direction. Sometimes I have a particular song in mind the minute that I write something...other times I have to match paint colors. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Love this poem, WB

      A warm, cozy blanket and a comfy chair

      A glass of red wine warming to the sip

      I can't wait for cooler weather -- to curl up in front of a roaring fire drinking hot chocolate (or a hot toddy or the Penguin will do).

      The lines from the song are powerful too. How do you always find the perfect song for your poems and stories?

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @pearlmacb...Thank you for those good words. It seemed a fitting piece as the winter season sets upon us here in the states. Texas is not as bad as what I outline here but we do get our cold and bleary days of winter. Thanks for the great comments. WB

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      pearlmacb 7 years ago from Switzerland

      Exceptionally great writing! Been living in europe for a few years now........I can actually say that I can relate to the beauty of winter as you have depicted so well here.......Oh and there is something so spiritual about fallingSnow- I find, Its probably the only time Id rather not be lying on a sunnyBeach somewhere :-)

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...Gee Colin, you got me feeling like I was on Letterman! Now I'll go gettin' the big head and have to buy a new hat! Thanks much for the kind words sir! WB

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...haven't been here for a little while so shame on me - it could be my harem of chicks who adore me for being the Elvis of Poetry - or is it the Mortimer Snerd of poetry - lol lol - anyway I must treat you to a brand new edition of Epigramman's famous top ten list (just for you)

      Top Ten things I notice about Mr. WAYNE BROWN:

      10. His high score - but personally I would reward him with '198'

      9. somewhere there is a hundred points missing ....

      8. which makes way for the next great American conspiracy

      7. very prolific in his writing - and here is a case where quality always exceeds quantity.

      6. he is just such a fine looking man in that hat

      5. he has a sincere and an open mind (he reads my stuff so there's proof in the proverbial pudding)

      4. he is concerned about his country and his fellow man (and woman)

      3. he is not only a true American but a hub humanitarian for the world - lucky us

      2. and yes he makes Tom Cruise in Top Gun look like Pee Wee Herman

      1. and although he writes about winter coming in such a poetic evocative way - he is a well rounded writer and a man for all seasons!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Now that's the kind of realism I like to bring with my poetry. Glad I could create that effect! LOL! WB

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      It's 80 degrees out today but after reading your wintry poem, gazing at the bitterly cold scene and the video, I had to go turn off my air conditioning, Wayne. Suddenly, it got too cold in here.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus...get yourself another glass of scotch and snuggle up to the fire CC! LOL! WB

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Now I am cold.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444...You are correct..on that rare occasion we get the large industrial-size snowflakes! LOL! Thanks much! WB

      @cjv123...Glad you enjoyed this one! It came relatively easy as I was inspired by the overcast of day and the leaves turning color...winter is just around the corner! WB

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      Carol 7 years ago from Michigan

      I love that song, but loved your poem far more. You paint your words on a canvas and drew us a beautiful, cold, cold picture of winter.

      Wonderful! Loved it Wayne!


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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your words create poetry that creates vivid imagery of winter... the contrasts and feelings.

      I am sure Texas snowflakes are the largest....

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Martie Coetser...Actually your winter is not a lot different than the ones we have here. Snow is a rarity, an ice storm every couple of years but mostly just the cold humid air of winter mixed with some wind. Thanks for the read and the good comments! WB

      @CheyenneAutumn...I will always remember driving across Wyoming in the summer and seeing the drift racks for the blowing snow along areas of the road. They help to hold the snow in place once the drifts get so high. Now that's winter time! I am sure you will see some of it by Christmas to make for a great season! Thanks for the kind words! WB

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      CheyenneAutumn 7 years ago

      Aww Winter - the time of true renewal - I love winter, it is perhaps my favorite season of all. Great poem Wayne! I agree the combination of cold and humidity make a cutting pair, I'll take a WY winter any day. Have a wonderful Christmas and may Santa bring you a blanket of white, or what ever your heart desires.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Snow in the winter is unusual in South-Africa, except on the peaks of some of our high mountains. Winter’s daily temperature in my region is 30°F-60°F, and some places are a bit colder, especially when it snows on some mountains and perhaps lower than the mountain peaks. Your pictures and poem give romantic nuances to snow, so I have to remind myself of snow’s partner – that bitter-bitter coldness with wind or without wind.

      Great poem!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Ken R. Abell...I presume you are already feeling a bit of winter chill up your way. Glad I could season it a bit for you! LOL! Thanks Ken! WB

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Voted up & awesome. And now, after getting chilly just reading it, I'm going to go turn the heat up. :>)

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...As a child, the Christmas season always came with the cold and, in a few rare instances, it came with falling snow. Many Chrismas seasons have come and gone now but I still find myself looking for that snowfall on Christmas morning to make the season a bit more special. Alas...not too often in Texas, I'm afraid! Now Canada, on the other hand, might be like diving into the deep end of the pool before I learned to swim! LOL! You certainly have the enjoyment of having four distinct seasons each year and all wonderful things that come with each one! A joyous Christmas season to you and family as well Ken! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      It was always such a pleasure slipping into my shorts and sandals when I crossed borders into Texas and all the southern states. Leaving Canada in my rig in the dead of winter dressed up like an Eskimo was sure a pleasure undressing down south.

      Kinda strange carrying two sets of seasonal clothing. Great poem Wayne, brought a brrrrrrr to my heart, I love snow, but hate the cold that comes with it.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours and may Santa gift you with peace and continued love in your heart throughout the season and for that matter all seasons:0))

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @ahorseback...You have to go up around Armarillo and Lubbock for the snow events. Most of that stays north of the Red River (Tx-Ok border). In the DFW area we might see one snowfall a year...normally January. We do get some ice storms which are painful. Mostly, it's just high humidity and a cold north wind...a cruel combination! LOL! WB

      @SilverGenes...As I have said before, I do not own the proper clothing for Canada although I do envy the beauty of winter that comes with it. That cold you describe will be sliding slowly this way as the year closes out. Winter normally does not come to stay until around mid-December then January and February is the cold times with temps in the 20's - 30's....rookie stuff huh! LOL! WB

      @Pachuca213...Glad I could create those sensations. The entire time that I was writing this piece I was thinking of things that were warm and comforting even though cold was just outside. Thanks for your good words! WB

      @CYBERSUPE...Glad I could create a nice word picture to go along with the visuals. Thanks much! WB

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      WOW! Hi Wayne a FANTASTIC HUB. Your winter scene is awsome Wayne and the poem so peaceful. God Bless!

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      I could feel the chill of the wind as I read this....oops I left my window open again! lol. No, But seriously, I loved this so much. Your words can make such vivid pictures when I read this. Loved it!

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      I love this poem, Wayne. It carries the feeling of the winter to come with every word - "the world is changing textures..." It looks like your winter pictures here now. The snow is clean and white, covering everything and the streetlamp that I see out my front window through the trees reminds me of the lamp post in Narnia :) The video is beautiful, too. I don't care for the -40 temps but I do love the snow!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Hey Wayne , nice one , is the snow big in Texas too? Happy holidays to you!!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop..It's as cold as I need it to be right here in north Texas...I do occasionally get a winter trek to northeast Oklahoma at Christmas...suffered quite a bit there! LOL! Unfortunately, we get more chances of an ice storm here than snow...bad stuff! WB

      @eovery....Make sure you get south of Austin before you stop! LOL! But stay north of San Antonio as well! WB

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      And both you, Wayne and Pop, live in warmer area. It is starting to get colder. I think I am going to move south in the winter when I retire.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Lovely poem. Actually, I adore winter, I really do.