100 Word Challenge forGrown Ups Week# 63

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Julia has gone for a seasonal prompt this week with ‘and winter will bring . . .’

I didn’t think I would make it, but as I’m babysitting this evening, the late night is an opportunity, so here is

Winter’s Gifts

And winter will bring enduring moon

regal rotund shining for hours through the six a.m. alarm

through sharp ice sky rolling to the west

as  dawn ripples from the east.

And winter will bring ice

crunching crystals on grass shooting veneer onto pond

silvered birch a forest of icycled chandeliers.

And winter will bring

spiralling north wind on street corners

whipping around limbs and petrifying ears.

And winter will bring light precious from low sky sun

concentrated through window an illusion of warmth

no substance and stunted shadows.

And winter will bring thrust from the underworld

Galanthus to herald the spring.

Join in with Julia at http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week63/


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  1. This is a great phrase – “sharp ice sky rolling to the west / as dawn ripples from the east”! There’s something very vivid and right about the images of the sky rolling west and the rippling dawn. Then you top yourself with ” light precious from low sky sun / … an illusion of warmth / no substance and stunted shadows” – by that time, I can feel the ice closing in! – before suddenly releasing us into spring.

    I love this piece.

  2. Oh my, Gilly. The imagery is stupendous! Yes.

  3. Your words just created a wonderful world in my head, visualizing the gifts and joys of Winter. Have a great weekend.

  4. Lovely imagery Gilly – it makes me think of being all snug in the warm and dreaming of Spring :)

  5. How lovely, Gilly. I love the last line, especially. :)

  6. Love the images (“as dawn ripples from the east.”) and sounds (“crunching crystals on grass shooting veneer onto pond”) evoked by this beautiful poem, Gilly

  7. Lovely, and I dread the petrified ears. You really caught the onslaught of winter in a great way,

  8. Very atmospheric. I can fairly hear the crunching crystals. I love the image of icicle chandeliers. Took a walk in a wood this afternoon, and even just the snowladen branches are lovely. Luckily it’s thawing though…

  9. thrust from the underworld…what a great line Gilly

  10. Enjoyed this very much Gilly! Love the way you ended it.

  11. I can visualise your words..first snows this weekend and ice already hanging from the eaves!!

  12. Wonderful imagery, Gilly. :-)

  13. This is a terrific poem… and yes, the imagery sings. ;-)

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