Old North Wind


Blow old North wind,
Your icy breath is a knife,
Storms have twinned,
Roads bisected by slushy ruts.

Sturdy New England folk
Might be down in the mouth;
Monotonous gray skies invoke
A temptation to head South.

Forty days to the solstice.
The sun is headed this way,
Eventual defeat to cold paralysis.
So we will wait it out, come what may.


Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

68 thoughts on “Old North Wind

  1. I love the ‘Your icy breath is a knife!’ πŸ™‚ Oh yes – it certainly feels like that sometimes! Are you still getting a lot of snow? Not so much as a sprinkle of white stuff where I am – yet! Some very icy cold knife ferocious wind and rain though, especially today. I’m glad I was at home, in the warm and dry place! πŸ™‚


    • Today, it was 32 below freezing, and the wind sliced away warmth like knives. My cheeks felt abraded. Potential snow day tomorrow again, but maybe not much snow will fall. We’ll see come morning. Are you affected by all the flooding I’ve been reading about? I hope you are high and dry, in a good way. πŸ™‚ Brenda


  2. Brenda, I have always enjoyed the 1st snow, the 1st bite of winter cold. But now I live in Florida, and while I still enjoy the 1st bite of winter, which comes in Feb LOL. I thank you for all the lovely snowy pictures they portray a such a quiet peaceful place. Take care, Bill


  3. A delightful contemporary poem. You opening line also reminded of one from my childhood:

    The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
    And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
    He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
    and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

    I suspect that New England folk have perseverance.


  4. That wait is sometimes excruciating. But it is always worth the beauty of the resplendent days of spring. And to add to that, the spring has made an appearance here and the sunshine is quite glorious.
    Well-penned. πŸ™‚


  5. Good timing- it is snowing outside right now. Soon we will look for crocuses. Just seems interminable right now. I like your header very much. Ruth in Pittsburgh


    • Thanks, Ruth!! I long for crocuses, but I wouldn’t even see them under all that snow. Only a few came up at all last year and I used to have 50. I should plant more again this year. Maybe a couple hundred. Surely the squirrels can’t eat a couple hundred!!


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