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** Canadian Winters **

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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I still
search in dreams,
for those
nights when the far north
wind came growling
its low threat around the windows, shaking
the house, and sending slivers of
chill through the air. A child enraptured,  I would pull
the scratchy woolen patchwork quilts over my
head, and curl chattering in a flannel night-gowned ball, shivering up some
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heat. With galloping heart, I savored the darkness, superbly alert to the impending
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thrill of snow. For hours on those nights, as endless, impatient
time whistled through my mind, only a
single rapturous vision danced. The anticipation of the
following day held me fast, when
the damp drab gray winter world would have
been transformed into a
dazzling kingdom of diamonds
and white fire
with icicles glittering
in the
sun

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1 posted 04-12-2000 01:01 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

A kingdom of diamonds and white fire it is, indeed, Rosemary. Excellent writing....
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2 posted 04-12-2000 01:06 AM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

Being a fellow Canadian I can appreciate the beauty of the snow and your wonderful poem.  Although I admit there are times, I wished I lived in the Caribbean.

Marina
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*Snow* Hmmmm - PdV must discover the fascination with this white fluffy stuff as we don't have it on her planet....

Rosemary, lovely poem....but then we expect nothing less from you!  
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Beautiful snowstorm memories here Rosemary.  I remember the one time this happened to me as a little girl, and it was just like that.
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Rosemary~
About as beautiful as it comes.

I don't mind reading about it ...
but this Florida gal just wants to
read about it while she's sunbathing
'nekkid' in the noonday sun !

You really make the image dance
as diamonds glint in the sun.
~*Marge*~


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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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Balladeer - I'm honored by your visit, and thank you for noticing the beauty I love so well!

Marina - Oh, thank you for loving it too!  Yes, a winter can last too long, and make one love the spring sun more than could be believed, but I guess joyous childhood memories sometimes just outweigh the adult miseries.

Poet deVine - funny girl!  What planet do you live on, now?  Well, that's okay.  Thanks for liking the poem anyway.

Martie - that's the thing about childhood - one glorious experience can last a lifetime!
Too bad adults can't have that as easily - they are too seasoned, and one brilliant burst of joy to lace one's memory for years, is a very rare thing by then.

Marge - you tempt me beyond endurance, girl.  Have you ever run "nekkid" through the snow until you couldn't stand it, and burst back into the house shaking yourself apart?  The thrill of THAT is something you could NEVER forget.  I have done that, and I may do it again, you never know!
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I cannot, however, relate to lying naked in the sun - I become ill from the heat.  Maybe it has to do with my hair being long enough to sit on.  Like wearing a fur coat year-round.

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