The Fate of Old Man Winter

The_Holly_King_by_ArwensGraceOld Man Winter’s weary head droops,
His rheumy eyes closing, his Time almost done-
His gnarled hands seeking support as he stoops
Cold breath sighing as he watches Young Buck run,
Coming to challenge the Old Man’s rule,
Virile and sure of himself, bringing warm breeze
Encouraged by the Spring Maiden’s enchanting call
Trying to dispel Old Winter’s lingering freeze.
It is time now the Old One knows, as his power fades
To let go, recede, and allow the Spring God to come
For wise is Winter, He who walks like unguligrades,
Gracious is he, to release his cold grip with the setting sun.
Nights grow warmer as the Young God’s powers rise
And his passing brings the birds and mating beasts
He stalks through glades hunting his Maiden prize
And flowers bloom ‘neath His feet like Springland feasts.
Old Man Winter nods his head, smiling for he knows
That this is the natural order, the wax and wane
Of each Season’s time – in balance only Nature’s bounty grows
And He departs silently, waiting in death, ‘til His next reign

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  1. Oh are we pleased Old man winter has taken his leave at last… Here’s to the White Goddess and the Maidens of Summer who I hope will dance amid the blossoms bringing their fruits of joy to share..
    Beautifully written.. 🙂 ~Sue

  2. So many have shared so much with me and I wish to share as well please accept my nominations and if nothing else know I am grateful for your sharing on your pages with us all and the time you share with me on mine.Thank you!! 🙂 Joe

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    and life smiles 🙂

  4. Wow Heidi that is a wondeful piece of work, so strikingly vivid. It has really touched me.

  5. Grim and dark. Moody and slightly dusty. Left me shivery.

  6. tjtherien

     /  April 16, 2013

    loved this piece


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