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Poetry Sunday-Winter Woods


Winter Woods


Winter slips silently around me

Walking me to cold, crisp woods

To gaze upon the peaceful slumber

Suddenly exhilarated, restored in found solace.


© Donna Donabella 2012



This poem was written on February 6, 2012,  during a particularly cold, snowy winter.  There is something about the snow; like being in a fantasy world, peaceful where you do not even notice the cold.  I love to walk in snowy woods, and let my senses do my thinking.


And I am reminded of that winter this year, but now being retired I can enjoy it daily, either inside or out, without worrying about travelling in snow.


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.

woods 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 are of winter woods found in my garden this winter.



I leave you with a little reminder of the solace of winter woods.   I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

winter woods

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. February 1, 2015    

    Yes,there is a calm solace being warm inside on a cold winter’s day.

    • February 3, 2015    

      I also love to walk out in the new falling snow as it is an amazing peaceful scene all by yourself in solace too.

  2. February 1, 2015    

    The snow does make things seem blanketed and calm – a real joy when tucked up warm inside

  3. February 1, 2015    

    beautifully captured 🙂

  4. February 1, 2015    

    I’m with you on the walk in the company of winter–and as long as i am warm enough nside, it makes me come alive too.

    • February 3, 2015    

      It is funny how we can feel so secure and peaceful in snow if we can also be warm in that frozen landscape.

  5. February 1, 2015    

    i like the scene here. winter can be a comforting blanket to all of us.

    • February 3, 2015    

      Thanks Totomai…glad you enjoyed the scenes.

  6. February 1, 2015    

    Snow can be so calming.. especially the woods.. There is a special kind of silence in a snowy wood (and it made me think of Robert Frost a little)

    • February 3, 2015    

      Well I am honored that it made you think a little of Robert Frost….

  7. February 1, 2015    

    snow is exactly like that…a fantasy world…
    a freshness with the canvas white again….
    we have not had a significant snow this year
    maybe soon…

    • February 3, 2015    

      Well I hope you can get some significant snow Brian….we can’t escape it here.

  8. February 1, 2015    

    It looks beautiful and serene ~ As long as you don’t get stuck in the middle of snow storm & ice ~

    • February 3, 2015    

      Agreed Grace….being in the storm or ice is not fun…seeing it from inside is like watching a wild ride.

  9. February 1, 2015    

    Your poem expresses the beauty that is winter!

    • February 3, 2015    

      Oh I am pleased you think so Mary….I spend a lot of time watching and thinking about winter.

  10. February 1, 2015    

    Elegant images and soothing words…
    There are always so many attractions in your posts.
    I love also your this week’s favourite quote.
    Have a lovely new week!

    • February 3, 2015    

      Oh thank you so much Sara…I am so happy to know you really enjoy my posts so much!

  11. February 1, 2015    

    I do love walking in snow for a bit ~ it is invigorating. The landscape becomes magical ~ soothing pictures & poem.

    We’re getting another snow storm tonight ~ 6-12 inches. Stay warm, Donna! 🙂

    • February 3, 2015    

      I hope you weren’t hit with too much snow Loredana…we had about 2 ft with 4 ft drifts…quite a storm to watch as we were snug and cozy inside.

  12. February 1, 2015    

    I particularly enjoy this as I live in the low desert and rarely experience snow. I prefer to get my icy doses this way! 😉

  13. Peggy Peggy
    February 1, 2015    

    I love how this short poem conveys so much atmosphere. Even though I do not often visit snow I think this describes the experience beautifully. And thank you for visiting my blog.

    • February 4, 2015    

      Oh how lovely you enjoyed the poem…and it was my pleasure to visit your blog!

  14. February 1, 2015    

    Pretty winter poem! Your images are pretty much what I am seeing too.. I do love being able to stay at home and not worry about driving in the snow. Wonderful post, have a happy new week!

    • February 4, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen….it is amazing how our perception of winter can change when we can relax and see its beauty.

  15. February 1, 2015    

    Lovely photos and winter appreciation! 🙂

  16. February 1, 2015    

    A beautiful encapsulation of one of my most favourite seasons. Thank you.
    I love the elegance ot tree bones stretched against the sky, no artifice, no rush. And the moody monochromatic palette also speaks to me. Speaks to me of quiet, of serenity and of patience.

    • February 4, 2015    

      You have such a marvelous way of describing things Soosie…..all the same things I love about winter too!

  17. February 1, 2015    

    It’s true; I do not notice the cold when I am walking amid freshly fallen snow, from what I can remember, growing up in Toronto, Canada. Your words bring back many feelings, quite reminiscent of such days.

    Wishing you a happy February!

    Visiting via Mosaic Monday,

    • February 4, 2015    

      How wonderful Poppy I could bring back such lovely memories….enjoy your February too!

  18. February 1, 2015    

    Umm…the words are simply wonderful, like a fire on a winter afternoon. What a lovely blog.

    • February 4, 2015    

      So glad you enjoyed the post and the blog Gayle.

  19. February 1, 2015    

    I remember times when I was a stay at home mom and my kids didn’t have to get out on most snowy days
    because I homeschooled them for a while and snow days were absolutely magic during that time. The freedom
    to stay warm inside by the fire and feel the cozyness of being wrapped in fairy white. Oh the memories:)
    Now it’s hard on my heart because they’re all grown and out and must drive through the snow, as must I;
    it loses some magic that way.

    Your art and writing are becoming so many more shades of lovely:) How fantastic your wings:)


    • February 4, 2015    

      How very sweet of you to say so about my progress through my craft Jennifer. My wings have become stronger…..I agree the snow loses its magic when you have to travel a lot in it.

  20. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    February 1, 2015    

    Oh yes, being bundled up enough from the cold one doesn’t feel it, only experiences the beauty of the snow and surroundings.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • February 4, 2015    

      You brought back some memories for me Judith with your comment as I remember being so bundled up as a child trying not to fall or you couldn’t get up….what happy times!

  21. February 1, 2015    

    There is a peaceful quality when it is snowing or it has just snowed that is very unique. You have conveyed this very powerfully, Donna.

    • February 4, 2015    

      It is great to hear that I was successful with this poem Gabriella as that is just what I was after, the peaceful quality of snow.

  22. February 1, 2015    

    As a Tropical country dweller, I don’t exactly know what winter really feels like. And though many don’t seem to like snow I’d love to experience it still. Smiles. I have enjoyed your wonderful li’l piece & the photos as well.

    • February 1, 2015    

      Oh Kelvin it is an amazing experience not to be missed….I hope you get to spend time walking and playing in snow and seeing all its beauty in person.

  23. February 2, 2015    

    It really is nice to enjoy a winter’s day. I appreciate the silence of winter. All rests. Glad you have found the peace winter brings.

    • February 4, 2015    

      Glad you enjoyed the the poem Donna and I know you love winter too!

  24. February 2, 2015    

    This is beautifully complete.

    • February 4, 2015    

      Thanks so much Rosemary…that means so much!

  25. February 2, 2015    

    This is a very comforting poem. Thank you for your visit.
    Much appreciated.

  26. February 2, 2015    

    how beautiful is the calm of winter

    • February 4, 2015    

      Such a wonderful season of calm is winter here.

  27. February 2, 2015    

    A lovely poem and your photos are beautiful, so peaceful.

    • February 4, 2015    

      Oh I am so happy you think so Denise.

  28. February 2, 2015    

    I love the photos and the “cold crisp woods”……and being restored in found solace. Me, too.

    • February 4, 2015    

      Oh so we are kindred spirits in winter Sherry…how lovely!

  29. February 2, 2015    

    … like a hush… maybe because people don’t want to go out in the cold… LOL

    • February 4, 2015    

      Yes no rush to the woods when it is snowing like there is to the beach in summer…. 🙂

  30. February 2, 2015    

    Me too, like to walk in winter woods. (If not, it would not be pleasant living here)
    It is meditation!

    • February 4, 2015    

      Absolutely it is meditation….and we must find those wonderful things about our seasons or we will be miserable.

  31. February 2, 2015    

    Lovely and peaceful.

  32. February 2, 2015    

    “Found solace” is beautiful imagery. I love the concept of poems as compressed bytes of memory that explode in the mind of the reader. Fewer words tell bigger stories in that way, with the craft of just the right word…in the right place. I just love what Jennifer wrote “so many more shades of lovely.” Isn’t she just something? And aren’t we lucky to know her?

    • February 4, 2015    

      We are indeed Jill….and your idea of compressed bytes of memories is intriguing as I have often thought something similar, and I do use those memories to inspire me.

      • February 4, 2015    

        It’s from me–Susie T.! I can share more about the concept of “bytes of compressed meaning” for you if you want. It comes from the first chapter of one of my favorite books called “Dante the Maker” written quite a few years ago. I’ll research the author if you want. He writes magnificently about how poetry works in the mind. And how master poets can use few words to say so much. Love,

        • February 4, 2015    

          Oh I love it Susie T….I took the book title and found the used book on Amazon so I will order it….love to read more about it.

          • February 4, 2015    

            Now just so you know….it’s a book mostly about Dante Alighieri. A LOT about the history in which he lived, the politics of that part of Italy, the Papacy, etc. There is a great deal about the nature of poetry, but mostly about the structure of The Divine Comedy of Dante’s. I used that book for years to prepare for lectures. The line about how poetry works in the mind always stayed with me.

  33. February 3, 2015    

    beautiful poem and photo to go with it. How wonderful to be retired and able to enjoy each day as it comes.
    One of these days I want to travel to the snow for winter.
    Have a lovely week whatever you are doing. and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    • February 4, 2015    

      You are welcome Jill….yes you must visit the snow and enjoy it for a spell.

  34. February 3, 2015    

    I love the snowflakes on the branches. So pretty!

  35. February 3, 2015    

    Winter does have those beautiful solitary moments…when it feels like a fresh snowfall has given you your very own world…all sounds are muted, everything is softly coated, its’ gorgeous.

    Donna, is there a way for my info to stay in the boxes above my comment…I have to type it in each time, not sure if I am doing something wrong each time.


  36. February 4, 2015    

    Such a beautiful poem Donna… I relate completely!

    • February 4, 2015    

      Oh I know you are a kindred spirit Laura and a wonderful model of how to embrace the season.

  37. February 4, 2015    

    Beautiful Donna…but I am weary of this winter

    • February 5, 2015    

      I know…it started early for you….perhaps it will end early too! 🙂

  38. February 7, 2015    

    I love your poetry and your thoughts about winter. This is a beautiful post!

    Thanks too for leaving a comment on my winter blog. I appreciate it a lot!

    • February 7, 2015    

      It was my pleasure to visit your blog Charlene….and how very kind of you to say such wonderful things about my blog.

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