The last several days have been cold here in Charlotte. I bundled up in my warm winter coat and went for my walk, remembering another cold winter day and this poem I wrote afterwards.
The Robin in Winter I drew a rune It was the Ice rune “The winter of the spiritual life is upon you.” I knew it was true, it is what I have felt Today was cold yet my heart felt warmer A gift from I know not where The sun was shining I knew I wanted to walk So I bundled up, “Nanook coat” and all. I yearned to express some gratitude But could not find the words I have expressed my sorrow And I have given voice to my joy When I have felt my beloved Or sometimes even a wondrous feeling Of being one with all there is. But the quiet times too are worthy of note I saw the lake starting to freeze The scattered clouds and the silky moon The pine trees tall and serene But it was a robin who spoke to me Here he was, the coldest day of the year He had not flown south He braved the winter And I knew so could I! A sense of order descended I knew all was well. Thank you, robin!
January 7, 2014