Winter Poems: No. 1 White-Eyes by Mary Oliver

The tree is up, mulled wine stewed, and I’ve been enjoying my favourite Christmas playlists to get into the festive spirit.

The Tree this year!

For me, winter always brings back hazy, joyful memories of being a kid in Germany with my family.

We’re heading back for the holidays this year, which is exciting. Nothing sings Christmas more beautifully than LUDWIGSBURGER BAROCK-WEIHNACHTSMARKT

For December, I thought it would be fun to share some winter themed poetry on the blog.

Let’s start with the magical Mary Oliver…

  1. White-Eyes – Mary Oliver
CC – https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/41662/white-eyes

Plenty to enjoy and get swept away with in this piece. A particular highlight:

he wants to go to sleep,
    but he’s restless—
         he has an idea,
             and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings
    as long as he stays awake.
         But his big, round music, after all,
             is too breathy to last.

So, it’s over.
    In the pine-crown
         he makes his nest,
             he’s done all he can.

…this resonates, perhaps in isolation. Ideas come and go and, in the spirit of creativity, we struggle to stay awake and let them ring-out, knowing we’ve done all we can before making our ‘nest’ and being at peace with our efforts.

Also, ‘pine-crown’ is sublime.

Do you have any favourite winter themed poetry? I’d love to read your suggestions! Leave me a comment below and we can share with a link back to your site.

#MerryChristmas #Advent #FroheWeinacht


Listen to ‘Winter’ by Kat Healy

Listen to ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, a cover by Kat Healy

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