The silence of winter,
The size and shape and weight of it.
As the earth prepares for a long sleep
I can feel the deep darkness
As the earth shifts away from the burning sun.
Here, the sunlight gently beseeches earth to return
But the earth yawns
And turns her head,
Ignoring his caressing fingers.
She welcomes the dark and cold
And closes her eyes.
Rest now, the snow will be your blanket
The wind will be muffled music to your ears.
And when you are ready
When you are strong again
You will dress yourself with spring
You will turn back to the sun
And welcome his fiery embrace.
And you will whisper in his ear
What winter taught you.
Rest now earth.
Dream in sunrises.