Saturday, February 8, 2014

The winter walk



Grace@ Everyday Amazing

is raw
& snapping cold -
my beige jacket becomes
an armor, keeping my hands
& body heat tight as all closed windows

Not a breeze stirs
Nor squirrels running up trees
Only silence trumpeting frost
& draping bare boughs
pristine as first breath of spring

still a long way from here -
i see the sun's golden stain
lifting the mist of night like a veil
my walk is steady beat on salted street-
one round

is all I can do
short but invigorating
like a 50 meter sprint -
my nostrils flaming smoke
before I circle back to house
eager for that warmth of chocolate cup-


Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Sketchbook//in moment by Claudia -

Happy weekend ~

42 comments:

  1. Walks this season of the year are definitely a challenge, Grace. And yes, the first breaths of spring are a ways off yet. But good for you for doing a short outdoor anyway. Feels good to breathe that fresh, crisp air....if only for a little while....before warming up with hot chocolate.

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    1. Just for a bit as the sun was out ~ Quite a challenge but I have seen people running & even jogging around with mask ~

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  2. whew...that feels frigid....we were supposed to get snow this morning....we only got a few flakes...its actually rather mild 34 other than the wind...ha....that will cut to the quick....i would love the stain of sun to make it by....

    dont freeze.

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    1. We are below zero this whole week ~ Have to live with the cold & snow ~

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  3. I've said this a number of times with these 'sketches' I don't know what you could add. I like that go for it mode. Sometimes for me some of my best pieces are first drafts--well until my editor gets to see them. >KB

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  4. oh nice... a walk outside in the cold with the sun keeping you company and a warm cup of chocolate waiting at home...sounds wonderful

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  5. this is raw just like the weather ... a walk in those conditions sounds so very special... here we have warm but quite wet... not quite wintery.

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  6. a charcoal sketch I think. Or that French brown, black and grey crayon whose name I forget...
    Is it the cold that stops you from walking further? Cuts off the breath, does it?

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    1. Heavy breathing & my cheeks become stiff ~ Is the color a dull grey, maybe ~

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    2. conté crayon, French crayon conté, drawing pencil named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté, the French scientist who invented it late in the 18th century.
      brown, grey and black.I used to love using them.
      I got a photo of them, but I don't think images can be put in comments?

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  7. Makes me cold just reading it. This has been such a harsh winter (which I don't like). Anyway, I especially like this, Grace:

    i see the sun's golden stain
    lifting the mist of night like a veil

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  8. I love winter - and cold from within my safe warmth - and I can pretend to be an adventurer for a moment at least.

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  9. we both took walks in the cold today - wish I had a little sunshine as my companion - liked the armor coat and the flaming breath - K

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  10. I love the silence of winter that you capture so well.. and the cold that makes it difficult to breathe. Lovely.

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  11. Great images Grace. I've just put the kettle on. Cheers!

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    1. We are both dreaming of spring ~ Cheers to you too ~

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  12. We've been lucky here in the Pacific Northwest....did you write this while you were walking or take notes...very in the moment feel to it ..great photo, sketch!

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    1. I mentally take notes but write them down quickly ~ Its been very cold here ~

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  13. a very accurate description of a walk this winter Grace.. I have to confess I have cheated and gone walking in the civic center indoors ... :)

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    1. Well I wanted to take pictures so I went out for quick one round of walking, smiles ~

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  14. I could feel the cold and rawness in your walk, Grace! "i see the sun's golden stain / lifting the mist of night like a veil" - beautiful lines!

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  15. Trying to get exercise outdoors in the cold can sure be a chore, one I'd rather not explore lol

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  16. Only silence trumpeting frost - perhaps my favorite line, but loved the whole poem. The hot chocolate sounds great! :-)

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  17. "the sun's golden stain"...love the line. Great sketch of a very cold walk...brrrrr.

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  18. We had the same idea, Grace. I also went for a winter walk this afternoon ... it is invigorating indeed (even used the same word, smiles :) Love this vivid sketch you painted of winter and the sun's golden stain. And I have hot chocolate pretty much every day :)

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  19. sounds so unpleasant, with all that freezing cold. shall i send over some warmth?

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  20. Bbbrrr I can feel the cold and I know exactly what you mean about your coat becoming like armor.

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  21. I loved it! Reminds me of Norwegian winters, and I love Norwegian winters! I live in India now, and here the lowest temperature we get is 20 degrees Celsius. I miss Norway! Thank you for this wonderful winter poem! Felt like I was walking with you :-)

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  22. Whew.. reading through your words is like walking a loan feet from yours, Grace. The atmosphere you provided here is so palpable & too solid to ignore---it chills! Smiles.

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  23. it's so invigorating to walk in the winter. Not the time for a stress-reducing contemplative stroll...more like a sprint...but one does feel better afterwards.

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  24. Ooooo...this is so cold....great images with that washed out sun ...wonderful poem!

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  25. Definitely a challenge this time of year :) lovely share.

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  26. Brrr...but a pretty scene, to those of us to whom snow is a treat. Love the detail of the "nostrils flaming smoke." Stay warm on those winter walks and sprints!

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  27. Yes, that's how it is here too. You described it perfectly.

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  28. Beautiful Grace. I love the peaceful feeling of taking a winter's walk.

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  29. What I like is the run from title into the first line, the immediacy, then the flow and crackle. Really like this one, Grace. Good week to you ~

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  30. Graceful detailed description.
    Nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate after a walk in the snow, mmmm... delicious end.
    Today it's all snowy here, in the mountains where we live, and I can share your same sensations.
    Always a pleasure reading you, Grace.
    :)

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  31. I can feel the cold. It is freezing by us.

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  32. Nostrils of smoke, stain of sun, coat of armor with windows close stand out for me.

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  33. a sweet feeling of cold winter can be felt in ur lines!! smiles:)

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