Poetry Sunday-Winter Begins


Winter Begins



Flowing, following the elusive light as the season wanes and darkens

Deeper into its cold, biting phase.


Searching, basking, squinting against the rays as they rise higher

Making diamonds in the snow.


Slowly brightening our fleeting daylight as colors play on the clouds,

Beginning and ending each day.


As fall moves to winter and the light seeks our senses more each day,

Filling our hours with blissful delight.


I have come full circle through the year, and the light has remained

Giving its glossy, glowing, luminous gifts unending.



© Donna Donabella 2014


This poem was originally shared on my garden blog, Gardens Eye View, on January 6th, 2014 soon after the Winter Solstice and New Year.  With the darkness receding as winter began, I wanted to celebrate the light.  The light lost and found again through the seasons and through my life over the past few years.  It was this following of the light that helped keep me going through the dark times in my life.


I thought it would be appropriate to share my thoughts on winter again as we approach the new Winter Solstice and the coming of the light.  Where autumn comes out of its darkness and we follow the light to spring.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others.  I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs.  I hope to more overtly spread some blog love through both my blogs in the future. 




Special Note:  The pictures here are from last winter as I watched the snow play on the landscape and sparkle especially in the early morning light.



I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about winter and light.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

76 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Winter Begins”

  1. It is true…there is such beauty in the snow….but at this stage of my life I think I will spend the rest of it in the surf:) I am glad you are enjoying your winter.

    1. Thanks Laura…I am so behind, but will be catching up with you soon on your blogs….those grasses are mesmerizing all winter and I do look forward to them as scenery until about late March.

  2. i have a love and hate relationship with winter. your poem made me reflect on things why i love winter.
    i really liked the sounds of flowing, following

    1. I have the same love/hate relationship with winter, but being in the season of winter from 4-6 months I decided to remember what I love about it and be grateful for those things…so glad you could reflect on the loves of winter too!

  3. Beautiful. My favorite poem of yours yet. It makes me appreciate the beauty of winter, which is saying a lot for this summer-loving girl.

  4. As we wind down this year and the daylight hours grow less, it only makes me appreciate the light we do have even more. And now that there is actual sunshine with only a few clouds today (first time in weeks), it’s truly amazing.

    Loved your tribute to light and winter.

  5. I love the beauty of a winter garden with clumps of snow grasping on to leaves and branches. Beautiful verse this week Donna, the last two lines are special.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  6. It warms my heart to know you have reason to celebrate winter and especially that you have found light after darkness. The photos are spectacular. Thank you.

  7. “the cold, biting phase”…..yes, it has arrived, hasn’t it.
    I find myself steeled against the bitterness of it but still, it cuts and bites.
    grateful for the darkness of the stars, as your beautiful quote so vividly paints.
    I appreciate your words and images,
    your heart.

    1. Oh Jennifer so happy to know you appreciate these words…..right now we must steel ourselves against this cold by staying warm in our hearts….from mine to yours dear friend sending you lots of warm hugs!

  8. Searching, basking, squinting against the rays as they rise higher

    Making diamonds in the snow….beautiful expression of winter blooms

  9. Dear Donna,

    this is such a nice poem and I like the pictures, too. My kids would love to have so much snow right now 🙂

    Thank you for stoping by on my blog, I’m happy you liked my Advent wreath.

    All the best,

  10. Beautiful photos and your repeated use of the passive tense feels like the snow slowly and softly mounting up and changing the light of the landscape…


  11. Very nice poem, Donna. I think one thing that I don’t like about winter’s arrival is the diminishing light. The cold is less the issue, but I miss the longer days of bright light.

    1. Without the light we cannot thrive…so I do seek it myself. With retirement I am able to bask in it even if the days are gray….but I am happy the solstice will be here Sunday so the light will increase by the end of January.

Comments are closed.