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WINTER WARMS MY WEARY by Carolyn Riker

Winter gives me permission to slow down

 I hibernate and press an imaginary pause button. It tenderly courts my hermit side. I am delighted when my social schedule is at a lull.

Each day is still complete. I step more readily into silence and enjoy the peace. Here, I give birds my full attention. I linger in the crunchy sounds of icy bliss. My lovely tattered bathrobe and I greet a brilliant sunrise. My nest of blankets blink gratitude through the deep dark cold nights.

This particular poem swam to consciousness after a delicious wintery catnap. I opened my eyes to a gift of a water-colored sorbet sunset sky. I captured the moment, in a quiet appreciation with these words.
Photography by Carolyn Riker

Winter Warms my Weary

Backlit trees in a sunset sky
A chortle from a Thrush
Crimson
Tangerine
Sweet golden nectar
Knits through my veins
Rest, renew, restore.
Winter warms my weary
Strokes, tends, creates
A comforting quilt of warmth.
Drowsy floral beds pause
Seeds snore
Hibernating, cultivating, embracing
A hummer sips
From the setting sun
Harmony resets itself
Winter’s gift is
Love.
~
Photography by Carolyn Riker



Carolyn Riker is an elementary teacher, mental health counselor, writer and a poet who finds comfort and balance in her kids, nature, music and her sweet cat Copper.  She can be seen sipping soy lattes, nibbling on dark chocolate or savoring a full-bodied red wine. Introspective, forthright, kind and compassionate, she intertwines life with yoga, meditating and learning about Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda.  She also writes for Elephant Journal and Rebelle Society. Carolyn can be reached via her e-mail address carolynra7@hotmail.com or on facebook here.  




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