The Winter of My Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

The seasons come and go. Changing, altering, shifting the contours of my life. Each season welcomed for its uniqueness and its beauty. Each season nurturing and sustaining the reason for the next that follows. Natural. Effortless. Unaffected by my existence or extinction.

THE WINTER OF MY LIFE

By Al Garcia

The seasons come and go.  Changing, altering, shifting the contours of my life.  Each season welcomed for its uniqueness and its beauty.  Each season nurturing and sustaining the reason for the next that follows.  Natural.  Effortless.  Unaffected by my existence or extinction.

I have savored the seasons of my life, as I relished the Spring when the smell of fresh damp earth announced the arrival of the newborn buds of grass and flowers.  Spring refreshed and renewed me. 

Then follows Summer, and the heat of the noonday sun, when I recall the many restful days under the old oak tree, and swims in the coolness of the flowing stream.  Summers were my lazy days.  Days to dream.  Days to simply let the day pass you by. 

Then Autumn came.  My favorite season of them all.  The returning of the coolness to the night air, and the harvesting of the bounties that nature so provided, culminating in the harvesting of the bounties of Spring and Summer, bringing families together in homecomings and thanksgiving, like a harvesting of human souls. 

And now comes Winter.  Like white sand in an hourglass, each snowflake a memory of my existence, slowly falling and then dissolving into the bleakness of nothingness. 

It is the winter of my life.  The memories returning to be relieved one more time before they empty into the vastness of the coldness and blankness that Winter brings.  The white pure snow promises renewal and regrowth.  But still, the sands of my hourglass continue to tricke and bleed into the caldron below, draining my being and my soul.

The seasons will continue to come and to go.  The earth with sprout new growth.  The Sun will warm and nourish the newborn.  Harvesters will relish in the gathered bounties and share their blessings with homecomings.  And winter will once again return, to end the cycle with its beauty and its majesty.  Unlike the mighty trees or returning beauty of the flowers that abound, life can enjoy the seasons but only once.  Can experience the beauty only once.  Can feel the power of life within only once.  Our seasons are but once upon this spinning miracle of dreams. 

And this is the winter of my life.  I came forth, grew, and flourished.  And now I feel the closeness of the winter winds begin to stir, and I can glimpse the snowcapped mountain top.  And I relish becoming a snowflake, drifting off with the blowing wind, and melting into the arms of time. 


Submitted: June 17, 2021

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anand bose

Beautiful Narrative

Thu, June 17th, 2021 12:46pm

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Thank you. Much appreciated.

Thu, June 17th, 2021 5:49am

panteleon

I enjoyed your poem Al, with it's parallel between the seasons of the year and the seasons to a man's life. I appreciate your love of the natural and farming cycles and your humility in facing your own natural cycle.

You show deep spirituality in your lack of fear of 'becoming a snowflake'. Perhaps this understanding of the unique nature of your life and death in the great all encompassing natural world is your greatest love.

I see from your profile that you are open to read requests. I'd like to read your thoughts on my poem, 'For why this sudden rush of green? It is about the life cycle of grass so you will be familiar with the theme!

Don't subsume into a snowflake until you have written some more! Keep writing and enjoying poetry!

Thu, June 17th, 2021 5:15pm

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Great insight and comment. Thank you.

Thu, June 17th, 2021 10:19am

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