See the Winter breeze
Harshly blanketing the grass.
Blades frozen stiffly.
The wonder unpleasant and immense.


Hear the Winter wind howling
Its songs musically cacophonic.
The raucous tunes unnerving
And to the ears a burden.


Feel the biting fluffy snow
Resting in the garden.
Color erased by frigid flakes
Crunching forward in heavy boots.


Smell the wood of bitterness
As you walk through the frostwork.
The fragile trees and shrubs
A scent of regret and melancholy.


Taste the chestnuts of the Christmases
And the sour of cranberry sauce.
Things that still make you happy
Inside this gloomy, leaden Winter season.

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    2 months ago

    Brava, Melissa. Your poem is the first original poem posted on! 

    Very nice work  😀 

    Reply to  Melissa Taggart
    2 months ago

    I thought your poem was really good, Melissa. I especially liked all the references to cold – a nice change from the searing summer we’re having so far. I hope you’ll write more poetry – it’s a beautiful art form.

    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    Reply to  Melissa Taggart
    2 months ago

    I’m also glad you sent your poem along, Melissa. I do love poetry, and yours was lovely. I’m a fan of poems that don’t try to rhyme, but instead look at life in a poetic way, and play with the rhythm and sounds of individual words and phrases. I think, in general, the same punctuation rules apply to poems as to prose, but there is something called “enjambment” and differing line lengths… Read more »

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 months ago

    It was indeed very lovely. I am glad you shared it here. And I also wish to learn doing poems from you. Nicely done, Melissa.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    2 months ago

    You have captured the bitterness of winter through the five senses. Congratulations on your poem, Melissa.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    2 months ago

    Lovely poem, Melissa. It feels like winter here right now, so I can certainly feel your winter’s chill. Much different here to the rest of Europe. A really enjoyable read.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    Reply to  Melissa Taggart
    2 months ago

    Some parts of Europe have been hitting 50°C, think our maximum in over a week has been 17°C. The added wind and rain have made it feel like a mild winter’s day. I’m back in my winter woollies 😂. I hate hot weather, but I really don’t like feeling cold either!

    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    Reply to  Carrie OLeary
    2 months ago

    Wow, Carrie – do you have an empty guest room? Our heat index right now is 115 degrees Fahrenheit – I don’t know Celsius degrees, but it’s really really really hot. Can I come visit you?

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    Reply to  Julie Harris
    2 months ago

    Put it this way, it’s colder here right now than the temperature of my car’s air conditioning. My feet were so cold last night that I couldn’t sleep! I certainly wouldn’t cope with the temperatures in the rest of Europe right now. These wildfires are horrendous!

    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    1 month ago

    Melissa, this poem speaks to me. I imagine being in that ‘winter setting’. I grew up with snow. The beauty of a fresh snow is dynamic. A walk through a crunchy snow can invoke a melancholy reaction. As usual, great writing!

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    1 month ago

    I love this poem, which in an almost magical way brought back the sensations of winter to me. (It was 10 years ago now that I left winters behind.)

    I appreciate the way you use beautiful, poetic descriptions to express resentment to harsh winters. The surprising turns are very well crafted and make your poem come to life and make a deep impression.

    N Jungeberg
    N Jungeberg(@n-jungeberg)
    14 days ago

    Who would think there is anything to write about in the dead of winter but you captured all the senses and more in your lovely poem! Love the ending with colorful cranberry and warmly toasted chestnuts of Christmas to cheer the cold, stark season of rest before renewal again in Spring!

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