Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Long Winter" by Tim Nolan



Long Winter



So much I've forgotten
the grass

the birds
the close insects

the shoot—the drip—
the spray of the sprinkler

freckles—strawberries—
the heat of the Sun

the impossible
humidity

the flush of your face
so much

the high noon
the high grass

the patio ice cubes
the barbeque

the buzz of them—
the insects

the weeds—the dear
weeds—that grow

like alien life forms—
all Dr. Suessy and odd—

here we go again¬—
we are turning around

again—this will all
happen over again—

and again—it will—


--Tim Nolan

30 comments:

scrapwordsmom said...

I am sooo very tired of winter...but it is showing signs of Spring. Makes me so very happy!!!!!

EmptyNester said...

I enjoyed the poem! We've had spring since February this year, so I'm already dreading summer and the flushed face and the insects and ...LOL

Out on the prairie said...

A good choice of poem today, bring on the new growth!

Seams Inspired said...

Excellent way to start my day! Thanks, Betty. :o) Happy Tuesday!

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful, beautiful!!! Thank you BB!!!! I think this is becoming one of my favourite poems featured here - I love the sparsity of the words dripping with passion! Take care
x

Crystal Jigsaw said...

What lovely words; just what I needed to read today. We all complain about the weather but the seasons are such a welcome change.

CJ xx

Nancy said...

Yep, lawn mowing is not far away! :)

Talli Roland said...

Long winter indeed. I can't wait for summer! Lovely poem.

Donna said...

Summer's coming! I can almost hear that sprinkler!
hughugs

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB
What a nice poem. Mom wishes the pollen hurry and leave. Last night rain took care of some of it on the ground and car but there is still a lot in the trees.
Happy Tuesday
Madi and Mom

Cheeseboy said...

Love the description of "Dr. Suessy".

This winter is definitely lasting FOREVER here. Tired of it.

roxy said...

Such great imagery! It's comforting to know that warm weather and sunny days will happen again. Thanks for this wonderful poem.

Grammy said...

Hi, Spring, spring, wonderful Spring! Oh, wind, if winter comes, can Spring be far behind? I love poetry, too.
Ruby

Ginny said...

I LOVE it!!!And I like the way he describes weeds as Dr. Suessy, think he's created a new word, Suessy? I love Dr. Suess, too. This poet makes you actually taste summer.

Cool Gal said...

Please, please soon!!! It's been a long winter.

Hope you're having a great Tuesday, Betty! :)

Brian said...

Very nice! Our weeds were listening to the poem, they are sprouting up now!

Ann said...

Oh boy can I ever relate to this one. There are several things mentioned in the poem that I had almost forgotten about, it's been so long.

Melissa said...

And, thankfully, it WILL happen again and again! Nice choice!

Jules said...

Great Selection and spring about blew us away yesterday :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Munir said...

So appropriate, it was biting cold today. I cannot wait to take my cao off. It was really windy. I hopw spring comes for real, it is about time.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I do tend to forget. I'm deeply relieved that it's coming soon - even with the weeds!

Theresa Milstein said...

All Dr. Seussy and odd - love that line!

Makes me yearn for summer. Thanks for the poem.

Daisy said...

Neat poem. It does seem like when a new season rolls around that everything is new again.

Lin said...

Ahhhh, the smell of rain on hot cement.....

:)

Marlene said...

Yesterday it was 70 degrees. Today - 45. WTH?!

faye said...

I am postponing the inevitable...
dusting off the riding mower and
giving up my 'free' time to mow..
grumble-grumble... I like WINTER !!

Retired English Teacher said...

I loved this poem. Thanks for sharing it.

At a get together with my high school buddies last weekend we had barbecue type food. It was so refreshing and made me think that summer really was coming soon.

Ms. A said...

Along with mowing, weeding, sweating and heat. I'm dreading that part of summer. Nice lawn, by the way!

Baby Sister said...

This makes me want spring to come!!

Pat Tillett said...

Great poem!
I don't think it ever got very cold here this winter. Very wet, but not too cold! Yes?