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Poetry Sunday-Winter Begins


Winter Begins



Flowing, following the elusive light as the season wanes and darkens

Deeper into its cold, biting phase.


Searching, basking, squinting against the rays as they rise higher

Making diamonds in the snow.


Slowly brightening our fleeting daylight as colors play on the clouds,

Beginning and ending each day.


As fall moves to winter and the light seeks our senses more each day,

Filling our hours with blissful delight.


I have come full circle through the year, and the light has remained

Giving its glossy, glowing, luminous gifts unending.



© Donna Donabella 2014


This poem was originally shared on my garden blog, Gardens Eye View, on January 6th, 2014 soon after the Winter Solstice and New Year.  With the darkness receding as winter began, I wanted to celebrate the light.  The light lost and found again through the seasons and through my life over the past few years.  It was this following of the light that helped keep me going through the dark times in my life.


I thought it would be appropriate to share my thoughts on winter again as we approach the new Winter Solstice and the coming of the light.  Where autumn comes out of its darkness and we follow the light to spring.



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.


I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


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 hope to more overtly spread some blog love through both my blogs in the future. 




Special Note:  The pictures here are from last winter as I watched the snow play on the landscape and sparkle especially in the early morning light.



I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about winter and light.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


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

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  1. December 7, 2014    

    soft , tender winter at the door………………………………

    • December 7, 2014    

      It has been so far Vandana and I hope it will continue…

  2. December 7, 2014    

    Yes, there is still ‘blissful’ light at this season of the year as well. We have to enjoy it when we have it.

    • December 7, 2014    

      I find it so much more beautiful now, Mary, because of the simplicity of the scenery….

  3. December 7, 2014    

    I love how you make us see the beauty behind the cold and dark.

  4. December 7, 2014    

    ‘Making diamonds in the snow.’ ~ I love those diamonds!

    • December 7, 2014    

      I saw them sparkling the other night in the nearly full moon…stunning!

  5. December 7, 2014    

    It is true…there is such beauty in the snow….but at this stage of my life I think I will spend the rest of it in the surf:) I am glad you are enjoying your winter.

    • December 7, 2014    

      I will enjoy it for a few months, then I will need a bit of warmth and surf too!

  6. December 7, 2014    

    Oh how I wish for snow to come for diamonds of the snow… right now it is just a dreadful fall..

    • December 7, 2014    

      When we returned home from visiting family there was a lovely dusting of diamonds Bjorn….mostly gray and rain though now.

  7. December 7, 2014    

    love the imagery in your poem and the images that you’ve woven into winter – the fiery grasses make a bold and pretty contrast

    • December 7, 2014    

      Thanks Laura…I am so behind, but will be catching up with you soon on your blogs….those grasses are mesmerizing all winter and I do look forward to them as scenery until about late March.

  8. December 7, 2014    

    i have a love and hate relationship with winter. your poem made me reflect on things why i love winter.
    i really liked the sounds of flowing, following

    • December 7, 2014    

      I have the same love/hate relationship with winter, but being in the season of winter from 4-6 months I decided to remember what I love about it and be grateful for those things…so glad you could reflect on the loves of winter too!

  9. Christine Christine
    December 7, 2014    

    Beautiful. My favorite poem of yours yet. It makes me appreciate the beauty of winter, which is saying a lot for this summer-loving girl.

    • December 7, 2014    

      Wow Christie….I am so pleased and excited that this is your favorite!

  10. December 7, 2014    

    beautiful… light has remained

    • December 7, 2014    

      Thank you Nataša-seeking that light is how I was able to thwart the darkness that had been plaguing me.

  11. December 7, 2014    

    I love a bright blanket of snow…and when those diamonds sparkle in the light!

    • December 7, 2014    

      It brings out the child-like wonder in me every time!

    December 7, 2014    

    excellent use of so many apt verbs.

    • December 7, 2014    

      So many ways we can describe the season…thanks Abin!

  13. December 7, 2014    

    “Giving its…luminous gifts unending….” Truly light is what lifts our eyes to the heavens, and our souls, too.” A beautiful poem, Donna, and I love your description of the full circle journey you have made with the light this year.

    • December 7, 2014    

      Glad you enjoyed it Sherry….the light has brought the journey forward indeed!

  14. December 7, 2014    

    very lovely winter poem. I am one of the few who like it darkening early. It seems so nice and cozy.

    • December 7, 2014    

      I agree about the early darkening…. the darkness now makes the light sweeter and the solstice more meaningful!

  15. December 7, 2014    

    How I miss the clean, pared back elegance of winter. Thank you (so much) for the reminder that she will be back.

    • December 7, 2014    

      Soosie, it is a wonderful time as I look over the clean slate of my garden imagining it in spring but appreciating the simplicity now.

  16. December 7, 2014    

    Beautiful writing. I love the idea of following the course of light through our lives

    • December 7, 2014    

      Thank you Audrey…it was what helped me get through a dark year…

  17. December 7, 2014    

    As we wind down this year and the daylight hours grow less, it only makes me appreciate the light we do have even more. And now that there is actual sunshine with only a few clouds today (first time in weeks), it’s truly amazing.

    Loved your tribute to light and winter.

    • December 7, 2014    

      Thanks Talon and I finally have some sunlight as we have had too many dark gray days of late…

  18. December 7, 2014    


  19. December 7, 2014    

    Beautiful photography and poetry Donna! Thanks as always for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

    • December 7, 2014    

      Thank you Laura for being our guide to the up-close love!

  20. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    December 7, 2014    

    I love the beauty of a winter garden with clumps of snow grasping on to leaves and branches. Beautiful verse this week Donna, the last two lines are special.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • December 7, 2014    

      Thanks Judith…I love the snowy landscape and how it plays with the light….it is a special time!

  21. December 7, 2014    

    It warms my heart to know you have reason to celebrate winter and especially that you have found light after darkness. The photos are spectacular. Thank you.

    • December 8, 2014    

      Oh you are so lovely to say these kind words Myrna….it has been a light-filled year for me!

  22. December 7, 2014    

    How beautifully the initial words of the first three stanzas drew me into the poem then expanded to delight in the season.

    • December 8, 2014    

      Isn’t it nice when our poetry has the effect we wanted….loved that it drew you in!

  23. December 7, 2014    

    “the cold, biting phase”…..yes, it has arrived, hasn’t it.
    I find myself steeled against the bitterness of it but still, it cuts and bites.
    grateful for the darkness of the stars, as your beautiful quote so vividly paints.
    I appreciate your words and images,
    your heart.

    • December 8, 2014    

      Oh Jennifer so happy to know you appreciate these words…..right now we must steel ourselves against this cold by staying warm in our hearts….from mine to yours dear friend sending you lots of warm hugs!

  24. December 7, 2014    

    the light in winter has a specific beauty to it… and even more cause it is so rare… beautiful images…

    • December 8, 2014    

      I do so agree Claudia….glad you enjoyed the post!

  25. PT PT
    December 7, 2014    

    Searching, basking, squinting against the rays as they rise higher

    Making diamonds in the snow….beautiful expression of winter blooms

    • December 8, 2014    

      I love the blooming diamonds in my garden PT!

  26. December 8, 2014    

    Lovely poem, Donna! Beautiful wintry images.. Have a happy new week!

    • December 8, 2014    

      Thanks Eileen….wishing you a warm, wonderful week!

  27. December 8, 2014    

    Wonderful photos and texts, Donna!
    I so much like the this week’s quotation from the Talmud.

    • December 8, 2014    

      That is a special quote to me Sara…so happy you liked the post!

  28. December 8, 2014    

    All so very lovely~

  29. December 8, 2014    

    Dear Donna,

    this is such a nice poem and I like the pictures, too. My kids would love to have so much snow right now 🙂

    Thank you for stoping by on my blog, I’m happy you liked my Advent wreath.

    All the best,

    • December 8, 2014    

      Ioana we do not have much snow right now, but I am sure that won’t last long and we will be covered in white….so glad you liked the poem and pictures!

  30. December 8, 2014    

    Beautiful photos and your repeated use of the passive tense feels like the snow slowly and softly mounting up and changing the light of the landscape…


    • December 8, 2014    

      I loved working the flow of this poem Elizabeth….so glad you enjoyed it!

  31. December 8, 2014    

    A lovely image of snow shining diamond like..

    • December 8, 2014    

      Glad you enjoyed the sparkling snow pictures….

  32. December 8, 2014    

    You reminded me of all the glorious winter light. Diamonds in the snow are one of my favorite bits.

    • December 9, 2014    

      Winter is a beautiful time of year isn’t it Elizabeth. Glad to bring you some of its beauty from my neck of the woods.

  33. December 9, 2014    

    gorgeous images and even more beautiful words. Thank you.
    Have a wonderful week. I am joining you over at Mosaic Monday.

    • December 9, 2014    

      Thanks so much Jill for your lovely comment and for stopping by!!

  34. Pat Pat
    December 9, 2014    

    Beautiful images and your poem paints a lovely word picture.

    • December 9, 2014    

      How sweet to paint pictures from words…what a delight to know that is how my poem has affected you Pat!

  35. December 9, 2014    

    The gift of snow, so beautiful 🙂

    • December 9, 2014    

      I think so…glad you liked it too Cherie!

  36. December 12, 2014    

    Ah! Winter… I love it!!!
    Nice one!

    • December 12, 2014    

      It is a beautiful season and we just received some new snow…glad you enjoyed the poem!

  37. December 13, 2014    

    Love all photos, but the little hanging snow clusters are pretty amazing…love them!

    • December 13, 2014    

      Oh I am so glad you liked it Millie…snow can be so lovely!

  38. December 16, 2014    

    Very nice poem, Donna. I think one thing that I don’t like about winter’s arrival is the diminishing light. The cold is less the issue, but I miss the longer days of bright light.

    • December 16, 2014    

      Without the light we cannot thrive…so I do seek it myself. With retirement I am able to bask in it even if the days are gray….but I am happy the solstice will be here Sunday so the light will increase by the end of January.

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