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Poetry Sunday-Winter Blew In




Winter Blew In



Winter blew in with gusts of white,

swallowing whole everything in sight.

Twigs and branches with icicles hung,

drifted dunes from which silence is sung.

So let’s welcome the season on this Solstice Day,

put on your boots, and come out and play!



 © Donna Donabella 2015



This is a delayed poem celebrating the Winter Solstice as winter took several weeks to show itself. Winter finally started here around the New Year with cold temps, frost, snow and ice.  The sparkles of ice from frost in the garden, even in winter, is spectacular.  And the icicles that form with the snow melt, paint such a wintry picture to welcome the solstice.



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.

ice collage




sparkling collage

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. 





Special Note:  The pictures here represent ice hanging from the house, and icy-frosty pictures of the garden with icicles hanging on trees.




I leave you with a few additional words about the Solstice and winter ice.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

solstice ice

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 10, 2016    

    The best things often take a while to gestate and take form..i love how this changed midpoint- winter can overwhelm the mind and freeze things in a miserable way..but if we choose to see the ice sparkle as brightly as the sun putting on our boots and going out to play sounds like a jolly good idea!

    • January 10, 2016    

      I have been putting on my boots more and more this winter…enjoying the weather, the scenery and playing…glad you enjoyed the poem Jae!

  2. January 10, 2016    

    A wonderful peek into Winter Solstice 😀 hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

    Lots of love,

    • January 10, 2016    

      I am Sanaa although it is pouring rain today….snow this week so I like that! sending love your way for a wonderful week!

  3. January 10, 2016    

    Yes, winter did indeed blow in with fury! Here it is a bit too cold to go out and play. Sigh.

    • January 10, 2016    

      I know many days it has been bitter cold, but I bought a few more things to layer me and keep me warm…even 10 minutes outside in the cold has been invigorating….and I need it! Hope you can play soon Mary.

  4. January 10, 2016    

    Dunes on which silence is hung.. wow ..magical.

    • January 10, 2016    

      Thank you….being outside after a snowfall is eerily silent and I love that silence….something to experience.

  5. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    January 10, 2016    

    Such beautiful words and photos invite us to participate in the beauty of winter.

    • January 10, 2016    

      Each year of my retirement, I have learned to embrace winter and enjoy it more….so glad you enjoyed the post Kerry!

  6. January 10, 2016    

    Oh nice; i luv that happy acceptance of Winter

    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

    • January 10, 2016    

      Winter is here for 3-4 months so why not enjoy….hugs to you gillena!

  7. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    January 10, 2016    

    Winter has just came here.. and today we could be out playing… skating on the ice… just hope it continue… indeed the autumn was a little bit too warm… I prefer it like it is today.

    • January 10, 2016    

      I hope you can spend some time skating soon, Bjorn! I prefer the cold and snow of winter too.

  8. January 10, 2016    

    Such beautiful photos, Donna! Gorgeous.

    • January 10, 2016    

      Thank you Sherry….it was fun capturing the icicles melting.

  9. January 10, 2016    

    I love your winter poem!

    • January 10, 2016    

      Thanks Annell…I think I could write about winter and all its beauty forever and never run out of things to say!

  10. January 10, 2016    

    Crisp, clear – and beautiful.
    Thank you.

    • January 10, 2016    

      Just like a winter’s day! Thanks Soosie….

  11. CC CC
    January 10, 2016    

    I like the idea of silence being sung…..that juxtaposition of contrasting ideas between silence and singing. It’s very effective.

    • January 10, 2016    

      Thank you…one of my favorite lines as well!

  12. January 10, 2016    

    Perfect! This just sings.

    • January 10, 2016    

      Oh this makes me happy Mama Zen…I love when my poetry sings for others too!

  13. January 10, 2016    

    I love snow and icicles! How I wish winter would enter with that gust of white! I need no encourage to go out and play. This was a true delight.

    • January 10, 2016    

      A true spirit of winter are you! So glad you enjoyed it.

  14. January 10, 2016    

    Lovely poem 🙂

  15. January 10, 2016    

    Always a wonderful thing when winter at last arrives. A great thing to celebrate in a poem, and in some great photos.

    • January 10, 2016    

      So happy you enjoyed my look at winter Matthew!

  16. January 10, 2016    

    Winter blew in yesterday with snow and lots of ice. I love the look and its invitation,


    • January 10, 2016    

      Yes…winter does invite us to enjoy!

  17. January 10, 2016    

    Philadelphia hasn’t seen that beauty yet this year. I have a feeling when it comes it will dump. Meanwhile, everything here from words to images invites me in to enjoy.

    • January 10, 2016    

      For some reason I did not realize you are in Philly….my home town actually. Born there and all my family is from there…we moved when i was five so I haven’t lived there in a long time….so glad you enjoyed the poem and I hope winter is gentle for you with its snow.

  18. January 10, 2016    


  19. January 10, 2016    

    A splendid art piece – what a treat! The poem superimposed on the photograph is lovely – far exceeding, I believe, a professional graphic arts standard. Wonderful, Donna!

    • January 10, 2016    

      Wendy how very nice of you to say so….high praise indeed…thank you so much!

  20. tatius tatius
    January 10, 2016    

    So much fun to be had in the winter snow, brings the kid out in almost everyone.

  21. January 11, 2016    

    Makes me shiver!

  22. January 11, 2016    

    i agree with jae rose. at first it tantalized my feeling of a frigid and uncomfortable winter but then reminded me of the spectacle it can be


    • January 12, 2016    

      You are welcome….winter always pleases eventually.

  23. January 11, 2016    

    a delight to read, Donna. you make winter sounds so fun. 🙂
    and the photos are a treat too!

    • January 12, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed the photos and poem….winter is fun if we allow it!

  24. January 11, 2016    

    Good morning, pretty poem Donna! Pretty images and mosaics. I love the hearts in the mosaic, well done. Winter blew in here yesterday evening, very cold outside this morning. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • January 12, 2016    

      I enjoyed creating the mosaics Eileen! Winter is back here and I think all month it seems.

  25. January 11, 2016    

    Lovely poem! Winter definitely blew in here, for it’s well below zero F. this morning. But it got a later start this year, which was nice.

    • January 12, 2016    

      I agree…I enjoyed the later start to winter!

  26. January 11, 2016    

    Love the photos and poem equally.

  27. January 11, 2016    

    Yes… let’s “put on our boots, and come out and play!” Winter, for sure, is very strange now; it looks more and more like Springtime, but I’ll still wait for the promised snow….*-* (at forecast) 🙂
    Have a great day!

    • January 12, 2016    

      Winter is back here and they say it will stay all month!

  28. helmiriitta10 helmiriitta10
    January 11, 2016    

    Wonderful photos and handsome isicles! I dpn’t see any in my garden even it has freezing. Beautiful.

    • January 12, 2016    

      Icicles definitely mean cold weather, and it has returned here…so glad you enjoyed the post.

  29. January 11, 2016    

    thanks for the upbeat nature of your poem here. I had fun with snow when I was living in an apartment.

    • January 12, 2016    

      So glad you found the poem upbeat…you must have some fond memories of snow!

  30. January 11, 2016    

    I love the lilt and rhythm of your words:)
    Such a poet:)
    Winter blew in hard here, too.
    I was spoiled by the intermission.
    Feels like a punishing kind of cold.
    Letting it be….letting it be.
    Thanks for showing such beauty in the bold extremes of it all.
    Enjoy and be warm,

    • January 12, 2016    

      Oh my heart is so happy with your beautiful words Jennifer! Thank you!

  31. January 11, 2016    

    Frozen beauty, isn’t it? I love the end of your poem, Donna, it’s so playful! 🙂

    • January 12, 2016    

      Thanks Petra! Winter is the best time to remember to play!

  32. January 11, 2016    

    Yes! to playfulness in snow ~ like your approach from the perspective of kid maybe….let’s fall in childhood…lol

    • January 12, 2016    

      Yes there were fond memories of childhood written here!

  33. January 12, 2016    

    I can smell winter in your words 🙂

    • January 12, 2016    

      And what a lovely scent winter has! 🙂

  34. January 12, 2016    

    I’m in awe both for your pictures and the poem … I love Winter so much !
    Thank you Donna for having shared such BEAUTY
    may the remainder of your week be joyous,
    sending love and sweet hugs to you

  35. January 12, 2016    

    You are most welcome and what a sweet comment…thank you so much Daniela! Big hugs coming your way!

  36. January 12, 2016    

    We haven’t seen any winter yet although they are threatening snow for later in the week.

    • January 12, 2016    

      Winter is hitting with a vengeance tonight and tomorrow. Probably a foot at least maybe more….

  37. January 13, 2016    

    Oh..! What the beauty of the frost! It is such a magical world.

  38. January 15, 2016    

    BEautiful images and a perfect winter poem Donna! Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

    • January 15, 2016    

      My pleasure and glad you enjoyed the poem and pics!

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