“First Snowfall”…..


Xmas Entrance Hall 2017 5


(Not quite Winter Solstice, Tomorrow, Thursday, 11:28am)  Hard to see, but on the coffee table, there are Red, White and Green Candles, the Colors of the Hungarian Flag.

First Snowfall


There is such beauty in the still-night.

A sudden snowfall has pushed back

The boundaries of the mundane

And fantasy flows like outrageous mythology.

Chrystalized snow challenges the moon

Lights up a trampled ground

Gives a purity to all it touches.


Shadows form where before there were none

A supple mystery to something once familiar.

Now a strange and alluring world

Transformed, made anew,

Even forbidding as  huge trees

Groan with an icy burden

And bushes are split in two

With the weight of an alien gift.


The silence is complete.

No modern disturbance intrudes.

It is Winter’s gag on our fretfulness,

Our restlessness, our noise.


We are commanded to stay inside

By the fire, to read a book,

To look outside and admire

A miracle that we, with all our intelligence

Can not remake.

This is Winter’s true gift.

We are to obey the season,

This enforced solitude,

To wrap ourselves in this quilt of quiet,

Cast off our endless activity,

To finally be still,

To heal with the balm of serenity,


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2017

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4 Responses to ““First Snowfall”…..”

  1. Bodhirose Says:

    I like the point of view of winter placing a gag on humanity to slow down…maybe stop…whether it’s your will or not. This is not what I experience here in this warm climate but I’ve lived through those seasons where you have no choice but to withdraw and hibernate. I love this, Jane. xo

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Gayle. Winter is my favorite time of the year. I feel invigorated , that this season gives a clean palette to draw/write upon. And I love the silence of the night and when the snow falls, if it does. A warm climate gives its own gifts but the muffling of Winter gives something special in my mind. Hibernating like our brother bears! Now, wouldn’t that be fine?


  3. Bodhirose Says:

    I think I could easily get on board with the hibernation thing, LOL! There definitely is a special feel that snow gives…a slowing and yes, peace. I’m glad that you feel invigorated…that’s a good thing. My best to you, always and always. ❤

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    And mine to you, dear heart!


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