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Winter, Oh My Winter

Updated on November 14, 2020
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Kathi writes about fossils and other earthly subjects, plus the natural history of Michigan, poetry, and more.

Winter, oh my winter,

Would earthlings revel in your cool fresh exhale,

if not for summer's hot air stifling and stale

Would fields feel quenched by your bountiful snows,

if the heat of summer never scorched vast meadows

Would wintertime bodies hunker down to finally rest

if not for summertime's delirious dash overly zest,

Would lovers cozy next to crackling warm fires,

if July, August's heat decided not to expire

Summer, oh my summer,

Would I dream of the warmth during your sunniest season,

if never had I felt the winter cold frigid and freez'n

Would souls grasp the brilliance of your golden vibe,

if never were they dimmed under December’s gray sky

Would artists applaud May, June, July’s forests aplenty,

if not for the cold season’s bare branches unending

Would gardeners yearn for your glorious green groves,

without ever seeing them covered in blankets of snows

Nightfall, oh my nightfall,

Would owls encounter twinkling under your starry sky show,

if daylight got stingy and never let go

Would deer dally beneath your nocturnal light,

if never had they escaped during daytime’s plight

Would natives sleep soundly under your soft moonbeams,

if shimmers were cast upon them by endless sun streams

Would crawly creatures frolic under your cool sky so black

if perpetual sunlight kept them from that

Daytime, oh my daytime,

Would birds chirp in celebration of your dawn,

if nocturnal night let the sun shine on and on

Would flower petals unfold under your sunlit sky

if they weren't able to rest by the dim moonlight

Would souls know how much your warmth feels merry,

if cold night never showed up to the contrary

Would sun worshipers scurry off to play on the beaches,

if seashores skipped the cycles of nighttime sieges


Lover, oh my lover,

Could I have known my deepest love for you any more,

if your soul hadn't went home through heaven’s door

Would our memories often carry my thoughts away,

if it hadn't been His will for you to stay another day

Would I cherish our years to this degree,

if you were still here to say so much more to me

Would the cliché, absence makes the heart grow fonder,

now possibly be any more profounder

Dedicated to our Joseph joyfully watching over us from above . . .

© 2011 Kathi Mirto


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      Max havlick 

      3 years ago

      My goodness, Kathi, my apologies. Just a little exploring and I just found you have tons of your beautiful stuff available, making my last comment way out of line, and putting great embarrassment on my face.

      And is it true that it is YOUR company creating and marketing these marvelous photographs?! They ARE poetry of a very high order. Again, my apologies for last night presuming too much. (But the love still holds.)

      Continuing best wishes; hopefully we all recover from such snafus.


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      Max Havlick 

      3 years ago

      Dear Kathi,

      Your recent note about the new availability of your photo (supplied by Kim, my friend in western North Carolina? Wow!) brought this work, and you, once more to my e-mail attention. so I carefully read your poetry here again, and I agree even more so with my earlier opinion, and with Kim's, that this is exceptional work showing much promise.

      But this poses a challenging problem: where is your follow-up work? I don't see any sign of it. Writer's block? Okay, it happens. You look young and smart, so get a college literature text, or something like Donald Hall's book, "To Read a Poem," 2nd ed., Harcourt Brace, 1992. Read some good poetry out loud to remind yourself of things you want, and need, perhaps, to say.

      Kathy, "one swallow doth not a summer make," as they say. From one fledgling poet to another, please, Kathi, dear Kathi, give us chapter two! Surely something(s) stir your emotions to make new writing possible. As a more-than-grown-up man who carefully observes women (still without ever fully understanding them), I assume that you, as a fully functioning woman, do indeed have a plentiful supply of those heart-felt emotions about something!

      To write all this to you in the middle of the night, I must love you, as I do all talented people, so don't let it worry you too much (or excite you!). My ministry, if you will, is to encourage good people to use their talents to benefit themselves and others, and hopefully to make the world a better place, as they say. (I hate clichés, but it's late, had a full Sunday and a new full week coming up.) Kim can tell you all about it!

      Best wishes,

      Max Havlick

      Villa Park, IL 60181-1938

      The Lord's Prayer Project

      Matthew Studies Class since Feb. 1999 at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL (American Baptist)

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      Kathi Mirto 

      3 years ago from Fennville

      Kathi's photography for purchase

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      Kathi Mirto 

      8 years ago from Fennville

      Oh thank you Kim . . . so kind of you! Kathi ♥

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hub hopping and stumbled upon this gem of a poem. It is rare when one can write a poem and capture all of the seasons of life. So beautifully, poetically and photographically portrayed.

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      Kathi Mirto 

      8 years ago from Fennville

      Hi Max, so nice to meet you! You're poetic response is awesome and I feel an obligation

      to provide and explanation

      as to why I call myself Fossillady

      when photography and poetry I portray

      So here goes

      I'm also fascinated with rock remains

      And began this hub venture to tell in English plain

      about Earth's earlier years 400 mya

      to broaden the big picture of living today

      I should probably let you know that the photo of me with hubby and baby was taken in 1986. So if you be the fossil, so do I! Hugs, Kathi

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      Max Havlick 

      8 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Hello there, Saugatuck.

      To ask what "fossil" means I can't resist.

      It sounds as if pa-LE-on-TO-lo-GIST,

      except you write romantic nature poetry

      and have a happy smiling face for all to see,

      while blessing everyone and everything in sight!

      I thought I'd check you out, if that's all right,

      because you read and noticed poetry I wrote

      responding to another hubber's artichoke.

      This first perusal of your skillful writing

      convinces me to read you more before deciding,

      but anyone can see that you are young and agile,

      which by comparison makes me, not you, the fossil.

      Take care.

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Thank you Carrie, bless you

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      10 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A very beautiful poem of winter Fossillady. Well written.

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Thank you pasetio, I look forward to reading your hub about your mother. What an honor for your to have a son who shows such love and appreciation! You put a smile on my face, again!

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is so great, my friend. Maybe I can't sleep tonight to remember this. Winter is always beautiful. You made my day so colorful after reading your poem. You are marvelous writer. I am a private teacher of kindergarten and elementary. I read from your profile that you are a former teacher of elementary school. My mother is a teacher of elementary school too. You can see about her on my hub about "the most beautiful princess in the world". I am glad to know you here. I send my beautiful smile special for you. Cheers...


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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      So nice to meet a kindred spirit! Bless You!

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      10 years ago from Texas

      I've always loved winter time, even when those around me hated it. Finally, a kindred spirit. Thank you for sharing.

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Thanks for the nice compliment! I hope you get through the winter months with a smile even though you can't ride your bike, if indeed that is the case!

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      Very pretty! The picture at the top really sets the mood befort we read a word. Beautiful!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      You pretty much nailed it Rich; Say if hot was all there was we wouldn't have a concept of its hotness without cold? Thanks for stopping by and leaving me fan mail! I've been enjoying your lovely poetry! Best of Luck to you in the coming year!

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      10 years ago

      To appreciate is something most of us can quite easily forget. To have a contrast makes us more aware of what we should appreciate. Life is all about opposites and if it wasn't like that then we wouldn't be able to discern and appreciate difference and diversity. Everything in life has both its sunny and cloudy sides and they complement each other.

      I love your thoughts on summer and winter. I love summer more than winter but in winter it makes me appreciate more the basic things in life - like the shelter and warmth of indoors and warming food and drinks!

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful thoughts and God bless.

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      10 years ago

      ...that would be a great honor indeed - especially coming from someone as special as you!!!!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Actually, you have inspired me so much that I had a poem in mind entitled "Epigramman". Would you mind, if when I finished it that I posted it or would that be too forward of me?

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      10 years ago

      ....I would like to see you do some more creative writing - because you're a natural force of poetic wonder!!!!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Thank you my friend, I know exactly what you mean!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      How very beautiful this is. The seasons,each has it's own special place in our hearts.I must say that my favorite is summer.'Lover' hit a cord. thank you.


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      10 years ago from London

      I am huddled by the fire now!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Stay warm today Kathryn and huddle by the fire, thanks for stopping by!

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      10 years ago from London

      A very beautiful poem to read on a winter morning.Thank you.

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Epigramman, you're the best. Your encouragement means a lot to me. I'm so glad the hubpages allowed me to meet you! God bless you!

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      10 years ago

      ...this is as fine as a regal piece of poetry that I am liable to ever read here at the HUB - in fact I think they should nominate WINTER, OH MY WINTER with the top book shelve award where all of the really classic poems can be found. You have said a lot here - and it's not just about the changing seasons but also about people and their lives and just life itself - truly epic and majestic in every sense of the poetic word - you are my teacher!!!!!


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