Already anticipating the close of winter . . .
It is cold outside . . . frigid. Already there has been snow, frozen hose pipes in the yard, frost on the windshield, visible breaths, reddened ears and noses, hot chocolate, a slower pace, a warmer blanket, a chill up the spine, a shiver in the night. . . Winter has begun to set down upon us in its fullness, and already we begin to look with anticipation for its close.
“Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” –Psalm 74:17
The Close of Winter
with each day the sun creeps
to a higher noon pose
the long shadows recede
winter comes to a close
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”