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A February Mid-Life Musing

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A February Mid-Life Musing

Another year has come - chillingly - and more chillingly for me than in decades heretofore. I watch it ranting from my window as I recall. . . . The year already past had tugged me from those tame and toasty days when I lay face up to sun dreaming that my summer would never end. It brought me to this winter when it withered up and died, but half a century and more of memories had fallen for me by now. Like pretty crystal flakes they fell, drifting through my mind - places, events and people. Oh, those people I looked up to in my youth - fallen as the snow! How many pretty snow flakes have melted now away? Only my memories of them remain. . . memories now piled up like snowdrifts in my brain. Yes, the newborn year has arrived. Just one month old and already, it has lost its crawl. This infant’s aging process parallels, on the larger scale, that fleeting span of time known as life - a time that all the living undergo. The new year carries on (as must we all) to soon complete its cycle. Let it bluster. Let it wail. Let it rattle at my door, for soon enough, all signs of it will cease.
For Chris D. Aechtner's "Free Verse for Winter" Contest And now for P.D's Latest Contest By Andrea Dietrich I am entering this one for three reasons" 1)It's getting so late and it was the first one that sprang out at me in my alphabetized poetry list 2) It is about the way I felt after the New year and it's about that same time again! 3) It's a free verse ,which I don't normally do, which I felt good about and even Chris liked it in his contest!

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  1. Date: 12/19/2011 5:28:00 AM

    Congratulations on your super win in P.D.'s "It's Up To You" contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 11:01:00 AM

    Love this Andrea, congratulations on your win in Pd's contest.. Glad you chose this one :) hope your Sunday is a good one.. love Wilma

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 9:25:00 AM

    Oh I remember this winter beauty! That last stanza always gets to me :D! Super congrats again to you and urrgh I really must go! ok see you soon, sweetie! hugs to you!

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 3:13:00 AM

    I love the flow of this poem.Congratulations Andrea on your win.

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 2:36:00 PM

    I think you should do more free verse Andrea. I personally love the style and I find I can concentrate more on the message then trying to make a rhyme. Congratulations

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 1:01:00 PM

    Andrea, congratulations on your wonderful win. In my "you pick a poem contest" ;-) Thank you for the support,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/25/2011 8:12:00 AM

    Lovely, thought provoking write, Andrea. I love the snowflakes part, especially. Beautiful

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 11:31:00 AM

    Congratulations Andrea, on your well deserved win in Chris D. Aechtner's contest " Free Verse For Winter". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/24/2011 5:27:00 PM

    just saying hi sweetie pie :) hope to read new posts from you :D --hugs to you :)

  1. Date: 2/24/2011 6:06:00 AM

    I can feel this poem, it's one of those that give you goosebumps. I especially like how you referred to your memories as pretty crystal flakes, totally original. Thanks for commenting my poem as well, Miranda L.

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 1:12:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 9:57:00 AM

    congrats on your 3rd place win andrea! enjoyed reading this, love the opening lines...

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 12:14:00 AM

    As I predicted earlier, Chris did like this entry. Congratulations on winning in the contest.

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 11:44:00 PM

    awesome Andrea, just love reading these, Chris' contests do seem to bring the best out of soupers, this is no exception, congrats. Harry

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 7:57:00 PM

    Unique poetry and very thought provoking. many congrats for this win dear friend.

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 5:35:00 PM

    Congratulations on the third place win in the contest of Chris, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 4:31:00 PM

    Love it..the last stanza is awesome...congrats. BG

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 2:07:00 PM

    whose this winning a Free Verse contest! Why our Andie!!! Great job here! Congrad's on your fine write winning! Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 1:51:00 PM

    Super yay for you Andrea :) really very happy to see this in the top 3 ^_^ I loved this one & yay-- --beautiful winner indeed --super congrats again to you :D-- hugs to you :)

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 1:00:00 PM

    Congratulations on your well-deserving 3rd Place win in the contest, Andrea. Enjoy your win! Love, Annalise Thank you for the kind comments, always. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 11:56:00 AM

    Andrea, an honorable third not bad for your worthy poem's win."Congratulations!" Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 10:18:00 AM

    Andrea, Congratulations on your win in Chris's contest with this wonderful free verse. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 9:18:00 AM

    radiant!! CONGRATS to you for shring this exquisite piece..:) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 9:05:00 AM

    Andrea, thank you for entering this poem into my contest. I enjoyed where you went with this piece, and you use great metaphor and imagery here!~Chris

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 8:47:00 AM

    Cool congrats Andrea on your super wonderful winning poem in the Winter free Verse contest with this excellent entry my friend.. enjoy another awesome and well deserved top spot ..luv...

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 4:16:00 PM

    Thirty five years ago, we lived in Texas City, where I taught Agriculture. My wife cried all the way there,, and when it was time to move home,, she cried all the way back. We made many good friends there and fished the year round. Tell her to give Texas a chance. Does she complain about the humidity? It was so high we could hardly take it. Just heard him say it was 82. Gotta love it!

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 4:07:00 PM

    Yes! Elementary Asst. Principal. I hope it doesn't turn cold suddenly,,,there are coats abandoned across the playground! RAY

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 4:02:00 PM

    I'm a Texas boy Andrea! I live in Wichita County near where I was born. Last Thursday it was "0" and six days later it's "81"! You can sneeze and cause a tornado here. Texas has always been known for wacky weather. Now let me compliment you for the fine work here. I too, have noticed the winters come harder now. And like your poem, I look outside and it seems winter has past. RAY

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 3:28:00 PM

    WOW. What a fantstic piece of work, powerful and honest and so full of what a poem should be;, courage and the need to express ones emotions, deeply. I am in awe. for what it is worth you have inspired me and i thank you for that. (Have saved your poem to word) Pete

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 1:39:00 PM

    OMG Andrea this was just fantastic gonna add to my favs.Thanks for the sweet comment it was easy for me to write this one cause it's the truth.~LUV~Teresa

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