Lines for Winter

29 Nov

We’ve got another three weeks until winter officially begins. But it’s cold and gray where I live, and those familiar feelings of wintertime have started to re-emerge. Winter is a season of endings–the end of life, the end of the calendar year. Maybe for you it’s a time when a relationship or a life phase will end.

The following poem is a favorite of mine. Perfect for winter and coming to terms with the cycle of life (and death).

Lines for Winter

Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself–
inside the dome of dark
or under the crackling white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
tell yourself
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
tell yourself
in that final flowing of cold through your
that you love what you are.

-Mark Strand


One Response to “Lines for Winter”

  1. Jingle December 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    awesome poem.
    love the imagery….

    keep it up.

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