Winter Visit

We went to bed Monday night with the weather report buzzing in our ears. Because we’re retired, the buzzing didn’t keep us awake. We had no place to go Tuesday morning so the status of schools and the thickness of ice on the roads didn’t apply.

I didn’t expect any evidence of a winter visit Tuesday morning. But as I looked at some of my favorite firs and cedars, it was as if someone had splashed drops of white snow randomly on their branches. You can see above the remains of Tuesday’s snow.

As clearly as if someone was speaking, I remembered the first lines of Mary Oliver’s poem, White Eyes:

White-Eyes

In winter
    all the singing is in
         the tops of the trees
             where the wind-bird
with its white eyes
    shoves and pushes
         among the branches.
             Like any of us
he wants to go to sleep,
    but he’s restless—
         he has an idea,
             and slowly it unfolds
from under his beating wings
    as long as he stays awake.
         But his big, round music, after all,
             is too breathy to last.
So, it’s over.
    In the pine-crown
         he makes his nest,
             he’s done all he can.
I don’t know the name of this bird,
    I only imagine his glittering beak
         tucked in a white wing
             while the clouds—
which he has summoned
    from the north—
         which he has taught
             to be mild, and silent—
thicken, and begin to fall
    into the world below
         like stars, or the feathers
               of some unimaginable bird
that loves us,
    that is asleep now, and silent—
         that has turned itself
             into snow.

4 Replies to “Winter Visit”

  1. Mary Oliver was such a treasure. I am so glad we have her words to carry of through time.

    1. Her words are a beautiful gift we can draw on for days and months to come. Her work speaks to me of so many things. I’m glad you’re one of her fans too!

  2. Your weather and the wintry poem by Mary Oliver ~ a perfect pairing!

    1. Indeed, a perfect pairing! Thanks for stopping by, Marian.

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