Winter Begins

Winter Begins

We’re all in trouble if the Sun
keeps sinking earlier and rising later

No thaw in the Earth— no planting in spring
no harvest in autumn just a night with no dawn

Snow piles higher— rivers freeze to their beds
and the atmosphere shivers solid

Leaving our icicles around the final embers
of the fire we lit tonight to entice the prodigal sun

Back to the sky


First published at Whispers & Echoes a year ago. Happy Solstice!

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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22 Responses to Winter Begins

  1. JeanMarie says:

    I remember this one. Well done. Except… isn’t it the glaciers that are melting, and not the rivers freezing? Oh wait. This is poetry, not science class. :)

    Liked by 3 people

  2. r.Douglas says:

    “atmosphere shivers solid,” sold me..

    Liked by 4 people

  3. This one is morbidly beautiful Bartholomew! But, wonderful and so crisp! 😊

    Liked by 2 people

  4. ivor20 says:

    I am enjoying my southern hemisphere summer of hot days and warm nights Bart …

    Liked by 2 people

  5. ivor20 says:

    Whoops … I happen to listening to “Lake of Tears” music this morning

    Liked by 2 people

  6. what a brilliant and sad poem…rivers freeze to their bed!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Annabel says:

    Such a stunning and savvy write!👍 ☘️Shrewd poetic insights and visionary creativity permeated each line…

    Liked by 2 people

  8. berniebell1955 says:

    I sent this out to folk, yesterday….

    “Solstice Greetings….wherever you are……

    http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=16065

    Here comes the sun……

    Liked by 1 person

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