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A Winter's Day

Frank E Gibbard

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Frank E Gibbard

On this raw and wintry day

Our people creep out of bed

Lingeringly gingerly is the way

As cold afflicts the head.


Peering through protective glass

We see green vanished overnight,

Winter has trespassed on the grass

And turned our gardens white.


Fields seem merged all over

Forming one vast frozen lake

With snow icing dusted cover

Like a giant Christmas cake.


Householders shiver down

From their cosy wombs upstairs,

Looking out on the ice girdled town

Brings a tingling of back hairs.


As lukewarm light hits the icy ground

Hot news of the snows is just breaking,

Michellin Man children go cycling around

Sworn by their Mums to no overtaking.

There would be much excuse for play

Before the hunker down at end of day.

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Nice Frank!


It may actually snow in San Francisco tonight- This increased my chill, while reminding me of the comforts snow offers;-)



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This well-composed poem is one of my favorites of yours, Frank. I like winter imagery the most (probably because of the contrast that Dr. Con cited i.e. chill/comfort of snow), and the references to the frozen lake, fields "merged," "householders," cosy wombs, and lukewarm light capture it for me. The title works well.



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