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Poetry Sunday-Blanket of Cotton




Blanket of Cotton



Blanket of cotton

Cascading down

Cocooning, enveloping

All as it surrounds.



With its soft white cushion

Drifts of stillness, silence abounds.


 © Donna Donabella 2015


Last winter our snow drifts were up to 7 feet, and temps were extremely COLD!  This verse is how I envisioned the snow as it insulated the garden like a blanket.  The pictures included here were taken last year in my garden during our wild winter with huge drifts.




The latest issue of the on-line magazine, Rural, is out.  It is aptly named, Winter Love. rural winterlove An except of my poem, Blanket of Cotton, and a short essay, In Winter Play In The Garden, are included in this amazing publication.  I am honored to be included with so many creative writers and photographers.

The magazine is the creation of Jen@ The Light Laughed.  I hope you will check out the latest issue of this free online magazine.  You can sign up to read the new issue of Rural here.





I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

drifts at the fence collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.




If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 




I leave you with a few additional words about the blanket of cotton.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

blanket of cotton

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. January 24, 2016    

    Such wonderful photos and poem, dear Donna! A soft, fluffy, warm blanket indeed! I had just followed Judith’s link to Rural and I found this issue especially beautiful. Winter displays only what is essential and… we fall in love with it.
    Thank you for this beautiful post. Have a lovely week ahead!

    • January 24, 2016    

      I am so pleased you really enjoyed the post this week Sara…and I agree, this new issue of RURAL was fabulous. Wishing you a wonderful week!

  2. January 24, 2016    

    Like anything the beauty of nature is always better when not sullied by human feet..that first glance out the window in the morning to the smooth, unbroken snow is a peaceful, silent blanket..moments like those really elevate the soul 🙂

    • January 24, 2016    

      Oh yes Jae that is it exactly…it is a spiritual experience this blanket of snow….balm to soothe me! Your words are a perfect description!

  3. January 24, 2016    

    Oooh I love the image of snow as a blanket of cotton cascading down 😀 this is absolutely divine.
    Beautifully executed 😀

    Lots of love,

    • January 24, 2016    

      You are most kind Sanaa…thank you! It is amazing what nature can stir in us to write!

      • January 24, 2016    

        You’re welcome Donna 😀 I was wondering if you would like to participate, sending you an email 😉

  4. Christine Wood Christine Wood
    January 24, 2016    

    Beautiful… *almost* makes me wish for more snow. 🙂

    • January 24, 2016    

      Thanks my dear…and I agree with the ‘almost’! 😉

  5. January 24, 2016    

    It definitely DOES look like a blanket of cotton! Pristine, beautiful, so expansive…… And, yes, oh so very silent!

  6. January 24, 2016    

    You write snow so very warming…

    After reading about your 7 feet drift, I feel ashamed of believing that the dwarfish drifts we just go in NYC were something worth talking about, lol!

    • January 24, 2016    

      I am glad the storm wasn’t too awful although that is a lot of snow for NYC. Here we can get usually weekly storms that blow of Lake Ontario leaving us a foot or 2 each time….it is when these storms do not relent, that we can get a bit snarky and tired of the snow. But I still try to find the beauty it gives us. This winter we have had only 2 storms and have 3 feet of snow. We are way behind our average of 12 feet, but I am not complaining.

  7. January 24, 2016    

    Beautifully done, Donna. Your photos as always are wonderful.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Thanks my friend…your beautiful words always give me such sweet support!

  8. Debbie Debbie
    January 24, 2016    

    Very beautiful. Your photos and words are always so inspiring. The magazine was so lovely. I enjoyed every page.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Oh Debbie how very nice of you to say so! And I am so happy you enjoyed the magazine too!

  9. Tatius Tatius
    January 24, 2016    

    Really beautiful pictures to accompany your words and describe the feel of the winter snowfall.

  10. January 24, 2016    

    There is a sense of purity as the white snow blankets the earth and there is peace in the silence. Beautiful pictures.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Exactly Truedessa! I adore the purity and peace of the snow.

  11. January 24, 2016    

    Lovely Donna! Both the verse and the pictures–stay warm! And congratulations!!

  12. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    January 24, 2016    

    Snow is really a duvet to warm what’s underneath… I think many plants and beasts are save by that white blanket… really nature sleep on its pillow.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Indeed Bjorn…without the snow many of my garden plants would not survive and thrive. I love the idea of sleeping on nature’s pillow.

  13. January 24, 2016    

    Donna, I’m always so comforted by your poems and photos. These are so appropriate for today and so beautiful. Thank you.

    • January 24, 2016    

      I am so overwhelmed by these lovely words Myrna! Thank you!

  14. January 24, 2016    

    A lovely ode to a snowy day; Donna

    Happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

    • January 24, 2016    

      Snow deserves an ode, and I am glad you enjoyed it!

  15. January 24, 2016    

    The calm repose of snowfall in all it’ beauty and stillness is best experienced with nowhere to go, a warm house and a fully stocked food cupboard. Luckily my experiences with snow have long since past living now in sunny Australia. A beautiful poem Donna.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Exactly Robin…observing snow from a cozy spot is best. So glad you enjoyed it.

  16. January 24, 2016    

    Snow is lovely, very pretty. If only I was strong enough to handle it. This paints it in a positive light. Lovely.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Snow is pretty to look at but not for everyone to see it up close and in person!

  17. January 24, 2016    

    I have often felt the same way about a fresh snowfall. Softening, comfort, as well as cleansing,


    • January 24, 2016    

      Ah yes Elizabeth…so comforting!

  18. January 24, 2016    

    These reads like a spell and makes me want to pick it up and flap it in the wind.

    • January 24, 2016    

      Oh I like your read on the poem Colleen!

  19. January 24, 2016    

    Beautiful images of all that snowy winter light.

    • January 25, 2016    

      I agree…the snow is beautiful Jean. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  20. January 25, 2016    

    Hello, Pretty cotton blanket. Gorgeous images and mosaic. Lovely poem! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • January 25, 2016    

      Thanks Eileen! It is so pretty as you know with all yours now!

  21. January 25, 2016    

    certainly looks like a soft blanket! 🙂

    • January 25, 2016    

      It does, doesn’t it although very cold on top! 🙂

  22. January 25, 2016    

    Just how severe it can get. The East coast already at its mercy!


    • January 25, 2016    

      Yes it can be severe…..but where we are it is a normal way for winter to behave. You do get used to it.

  23. January 25, 2016    

    Snow is beautiful and yet it can be oh so dangerous as well. I loved this! Happy Week~

    • January 25, 2016    

      Yes especially dangerous where folks aren’t used to it. And of course driving in it! That I don’t miss.

  24. January 25, 2016    

    When snow first falls, it is so beautiful. When it’s still here the end of March, it’s not quite so appreciated. Beautiful images today.

    • January 25, 2016    

      Exactly….by March we want to see the snow no more!

  25. helmiriitta10 helmiriitta10
    January 25, 2016    

    A beautiful collage. Your snow blanket looks so soft, even warm. Beautiful around the fences.

    • January 25, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed the snow pictures…it is very warm below all that snow, but not so much on top!

  26. January 25, 2016    

    Love this piece!

    • January 25, 2016    

      Oh I am so pleased you loved this poem! Thank you….

  27. January 25, 2016    

    The one thing I can say that I appreciate about snow is the silence it creates!

    • January 25, 2016    

      I couldn’t agree more…it is such an amazing silence too! Soulful….

  28. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    January 25, 2016    

    Perfect blue borders around your collage to match the blue hue of the snow Donna.

    • January 25, 2016    

      I enjoyed making this collage Judith!

  29. January 26, 2016    

    Donna, Those are very peaceful photos. I love the picket fence nearly covered with the white stuff. Sylvia D.

    • January 26, 2016    

      Glad you enjoyed them Sylvia. I find snow very peaceful too!

  30. January 26, 2016    

    Is there a blanket more fascinating than this ?
    It’s the Winter blanket which inspired you these wonderful verses, my darling !
    Thank you for sharing them and for sharing your amazing pictures !
    Have a blessed remainder of your week,
    sending love to you

    • January 26, 2016    

      Exactly Dany…winter blankets inspired me. I am so happy you really enjoyed the poem and photos. Have a blessed week!

  31. January 26, 2016    

    Hi Donna ! Your pictures looks so bright and soft like a cloud in a sky or cotton blanket. I liked your poem very much.

  32. January 26, 2016    

    Beautiful photos and sentiment…:)JP

  33. January 26, 2016    

    These snowy images are beautiful!

  34. January 26, 2016    

    Congrats Donna… I will head over to read that….love the poem….

    • January 27, 2016    

      Thanks so much Michelle…big hugs!

  35. January 27, 2016    

    What a pretty mosaic! Your blanket of cotton looks very soft .

    • January 27, 2016    

      Oh it is soft….i still love to jump into drifts of snow and land on this soft blanket!

  36. January 27, 2016    

    Covered in a white blanket, under soft snow….White magic feeling…like in children books!
    Warmly greetings in january!

    • January 27, 2016    

      You make it sound so lovely Alexa…thanks. And warmest wishes to you!

  37. MM MM
    January 27, 2016    

    What an incredible beautiful and powerful poem! I love it! Your pictures of the snow are gorgeous too! Beautiful light! Appreciate your visit to my space, and am happy to visit you here, and share your joy in the loveliness of the snow 🙂

    • January 27, 2016    

      You are so kind to say so about the pictures and poem…thank you! Loved visiting you too!

  38. January 30, 2016    

    Donna, I read the Rural online issue, so professional with all the beautiful photos, creative layout and articles. Congrats on being a contributor 🙂

    • January 30, 2016    

      I am so pleased you enjoyed Rural, Loredana. It is an amazing magazine and I am so grateful to be part of it.

  39. January 31, 2016    

    Very pretty winter scenes.

  40. February 1, 2016    

    Breathtaking photos of the snow and the poem is just wonderful! Such a soothing and peaceful post, Donna.

    • February 1, 2016    

      Oh I am so happy you found it soothing Debby! Thank you!

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