A Time for Tears

It’s that time of year for the start of my annual review, and to kick things off a poem from last November

Made of sticks and stones

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It is a time for tears,
Of scudding clouds and fierce-blown frost
On a chill north wind.
When darkness lurks mere moments after dawn
And perpetual shade creeps like the Reaper in this winterland.
Death and snow are the bitter harvest
Of this barren season.
A time for tears; November,
Swansong of the year.
 
© 2016 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

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Winter Moon

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photo credit: Charlie Day DaytimeStudios Supermoon and Clouds via photopin (license)

Whose is the moon

That floats on high;

That lights my way

On winter nights,

That sails above

And reflects below.

Whose is the moon?

Not mine, I cry.

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Originally Published 3 January 2015

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Frozen in Fury

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photo credit: Paladin27 Winter Watch via photopin (license)

January is cold; barren season
That life has left a hollow shell.
Only decay can keep a death beat
Where once hearts in rhythm called ‘All’s well!’
Now chaos grows in frozen darkness
Ice warriors of this living hell.
 
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Loki’s Moment

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Sky walking, cloud scudding
Quickly, disbelieving
The blue turns – dark’ning grey.
Wind of the north, fierce cold
Breaths with wicked intent,
His dissent – mischief snow.

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Tumbling

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Tumbling snowflakes
Covering me, a blanket
Of winter conceals.
 
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Overturn

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photo credit: Natalia Medd Wrapped in Winter via photopin (license)

This is the leaving time, the dying of the light.
Winter fires may wait to burn the last embers of the old away.
In anticipation of the new emerging from these dark nights
Like a phoenix from the ashes. But this is the leaving,
The last post, and we are all prisoners of this dying season.
Hopes are all gone awry, it is too late to put things right.
Winter’s child has wrapped us in her embrace.
Her cold, dead arms encircle us.
No chance to overturn the order,
Season must follow season, we cannot overthrow
We must suffer winter’s tyranny again.
The glacial kiss of the unforgiving season.
 
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Grimalkin

Spiteful hiss of the old she-cat,
Who’ll claw first and regret later.
If she’s disturbed from her favourite spot
Beneath that toasty warm radiator.
 
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New Shoots

An endless cycle
Green gives way to brown, Then white
As the snow falls down,
But beneath the blanket
Crocus and snowdrop wait.

snowdrop

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Winter moon

Day 5 and a poem which is to be included in my first collection, out next year, along with plenty of all new poetry.

Made of sticks and stones

Whose is the moon

That floats on high;

That lights my way

On winter nights,

That sails above

And reflects below.

Whose is the moon?

Not mine, I cry.

TL-Clouds-Moon-713-47 

© 2015 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

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