A Winter Prayer

Snowfall on trees

Snowfall in Atlanta


O, Mysterium Tremendum!

Winter’s palette stark, unadorned

Devoid of the juiciness of Summer,

The prismatic beauty of Fall

Yet still, the perfect backdrop

For cardinals, nandina berries,

The holly and the evergreens.


We rejoice in Nature’s gifts

Of silence, stillness

When Earth has tucked in,

Burrowed down with pallid

Earthworms and things

That survive underground.


Above, mystical, blurred

A sudden snow storm has

Softened the brittle edges of vision

And brought about a mystery

This season only provides.


The flash of a cardinal

A blood-red streak in the sky,

The heart lifts and follows.

Nandina berries have changed

From orange of autumn

To brilliant Christmas red

When all humanity watches

For the return of the Sun and

The lengthening of days.


O, Overwhelming Mystery,

Tucked in your bosom

With faith we will survive

The winter storms,

The howling winds

The hoarfrost,

The biting cold,

The darkness lasting too long,

The haunts in the attics

Shivering in hambone frenzy–

The wolves at the door.


The Earth will turn again

To be warmed by a new season.

For now we are grateful

For the gifts of silence and stillness

This season demands.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2016

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7 Responses to “A Winter Prayer”

  1. Brian Says:

    Merry Christmas and enjoy the festive atmosphere. 🙂


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you Brian. The same to you! And thank you for reading “A Winter Prayer”. wrote it too fast, but so it goes.

    I’m hosting dverse Monday Haibun January 9th…Hope you are around. Merry Christmas! The music is best at this season~!


  3. Sherry Marr Says:

    This is so beautiful. I had to smile as we had some similar thoughts this morning.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ladynyo Says:

    I have felt connected by the hip with you Sherry. And it’s a pleasant place to be. This poem is more towards the Winter Solstice, which is where I usually place myself. A belief system that doesn’t batter one. Merry Xmas, too!


  5. phoartetry Says:

    Winter’s treasures are all around us. Wishing you the best in 2017.

    Hugs and Warm Smiles



  6. ladynyo Says:

    HI Connie! the very same to you!!! May this 2017 bring us both Good Health and Comfort!!

    Hugs and love, Jane

    Liked by 1 person

  7. phoartetry Says:

    Thank you!


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