What do you See? January 22/2019 – Seasons


When we were kids growing up in winter

We craved the warmth of summer.

In the summer on blazing hot days

We craved the cold of winter.

There’d be days when you wondered

If the heat would let up,

If the cold was here forever and would we ever get warm.

We dreamed of holidays in tropical places

Waving palms and wide-open beaches

Of endless days wearing as little as possible

As we huddled round fires and drew blankets closer.

We wondered if we’d ever see a covering of snow

Was it our imaginations or did it really fall here?

The sun baked the land, dried up the waterholes

We found a dead horse in the dried up creek.

Sitting and watching the winter fall

Mum making soup, stews and apple pies

Confined to home as the drifts built up,

Dad cursing the winter when shovelling the snow.

We looked out, each day, upon our yard

Whether stinking hot or icy all over,

Wondering if we’d ever see the opposite again.


Written for: https://helenevaillant.com/2019/01/22/what-do-you-see-january-22-2019/

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13 Responses to What do you See? January 22/2019 – Seasons

  1. crimsonprose says:

    I do believe we are still very much like that. In the heat of summer, I crave the winter; vice versa. Though over recent years I’ve compromised. I want it ever to be spring and autumn. 🙂

  2. Sadje says:

    Human nature wanting what you don’t have. Great post

  3. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    Such truth in your writing Michael. In recent years, with the climate change, more heat, more cold, I leave fewer footprints in the sand or snow. Thank you for joining the challenge.

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  5. pvcann says:

    So true, speaks my experience

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