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In Winter's Hold

Winter, winter how we feel your icy touch The earth is now under your freezing clutch What falls in our ears is the howl of gales from far The night sky, cast in grayness devoid of a single star In the dawn, nowhere can one spot the buzzing bees Icicles hang from boughs of leafless trees Birds sit with drooping wings in their woody nests Within eye shot, no trace of any roaming beasts Trees stand sleeping in the biting cold The sun has lost its bright sheen of gold From nowhere comes the song of a single bird On the slopes, one cannot sight the grazing herd Roof tops are crusted with flakes of snow That the sun with sharp beams alone can thaw Piles of snow lie heaped on the barren ground And the entire Earth lies in a sea of ice drowned Busy streets and pavements are now lying bare People stay indoors. To be out they hardly dare The rodents have gone into hibernation in their ditch And life altogether has gone out of pitch In the smiting chill of a dreadful wintry night When through every fiber n’ nerve, is the cold bite How we like to sit cocooned beside the hearth Sipping a cup of steaming tea in rising mirth In such quiet hours, one can peruse into the pages of tomes That will transport one to enchanting magical zones Or engage in a hearty chat with friends and family Thus turning even the bleakest hours sweet and lively Placed First A Strand (1056) Poetry Contest Sponsor- Brian Strand

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Date: 1/21/2022 11:15:00 PM
Great and long rhyme on Winter. Picturesque. Congratulations!
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Valsa George
Date: 1/22/2022 2:00:00 AM
Thanks a lot Chris.... ! I am happy, you read my poems with interest !
Date: 1/21/2022 11:19:00 AM
This is a very well written poem on winter time, ValsA. glad to see you got a well deserved win with this one. congrats
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Date: 1/22/2022 1:59:00 AM
Glad you liked it... Andrea ! Thanks a lot !
Date: 1/14/2022 5:02:00 PM
Fine rhyming and personification, Valsa. I love the after thoughts of friendly chat. Smiles ~ Blessings Bill
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Date: 1/21/2022 3:14:00 AM
I feel so happy. Thanks a lot Bill for your blessings and sweet words.
Date: 1/14/2022 4:41:00 PM
Your distinct style transported me to those magical enchanting zones you mentioned. A very soothing winter scape Valsa. Praise!!...ab
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Date: 1/21/2022 2:47:00 AM
Thanks a lot Anselmo... ! I feel very delighted by your lovely words.
Date: 1/14/2022 11:24:00 AM
Enjoyed the winter scenes you captured in this lovely poem, Valsa. Excellent imagery throughout. Superbly done my friend. I was going to send a soup mail but you don't allow soup mail--check the contest rule for length of poem.
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Date: 1/14/2022 8:32:00 PM
Vijay, I appreciate your sincerity. I hadn't read the contest rules properly about the length of the poem. Now I have edited it curtailing it into just 14 lines. Thanks a lot dear friend. Also thanks for the lovely comment
Date: 1/14/2022 9:08:00 AM
Behold the Earth, no, behold the reader....then mesmerized I, read the amazing poetic imagery of winter from a Poet with utmost skill & imagination!! "That will transport one to enchanting magical zones" Oh! i have nothing to say...that's what the winter evening & night does to someone, when one is alone! and also you did not forget to ink the cosy-ness of it! You have the surprising ability to bring out the true emotions from any matter or subject. Only praises for you. Thanks - Marshall
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Valsa George
Date: 1/14/2022 8:55:00 PM
Marshall... you have lifted me to a level beyond my reach.... ! Let me stay on the ground as I know truly who I am. Your comments verge on the brink of true poetry and I enjoy the beauty of the literary value of their construction. Of course, I enjoy too the beautiful sentiments of appreciation you always generously express. Thanks a lot friend....
Date: 1/14/2022 8:07:00 AM
Your opening stanza is fabulous. Great imagery with the occasional alliteration. Winter sports are always a favourite. I used to love watching ice skating competitions. The ending is what everyone should do to avoid colds. All in all a great poem and a fav.
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Date: 1/21/2022 3:13:00 AM
Though I wrote this poem to enter a contest with the title- Winter Wonders, by inadvertence, I missed entering it. So I changed the title after altering the poem considerably and have entered it in Strand's poetry contest. Here the first few stanzas are changed. Thanks a lot Victor for your lovely comment
Date: 1/14/2022 7:19:00 AM
You captured the winter scene well Valsa, I can feel the chill. Tom
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Date: 1/21/2022 3:05:00 AM
Thanks a lot dear Tom....
Date: 1/14/2022 7:14:00 AM
Valsa, you carefully performed an outstanding job on this proem. Your splendid poetry draws attention as you continue astounding us.
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Date: 1/21/2022 3:06:00 AM
Thank you so much Lasaad ! You are ever encouraging !
Date: 1/14/2022 6:34:00 AM
Your poetry sings as you surprise us. Enjoyed!
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Date: 1/21/2022 3:08:00 AM
So delighted by your lovely words .... Much grateful to you dear Kim.