Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gray Morning Light

This Morning it snowed
For the first time
Everything powdered with white
I’ll pull you close
Against the winter chill
And kiss your face
In the gray morning light

Many people have made blog posts this week relating to cold weather. It doesn't snow at all where I live, so I had to pretend for this poem to make any sense as I wrote it. It's not much, but I'm in a snowy mood...



  1. Wow, I worried the winter storms were starting anew, hitting you in a wicked way!
    Love the poem. Worthy of a winter morning.

  2. I miss the TN snows. There it snows and sticks around for a couple of days but soon melts away. Here in MA it sticks around all winter long making a mess.

  3. "its not much"? Then, less is more because I loved it, every word because of the image and the emotion it gave me.

  4. If I'd only known, you could have had our snow!

  5. Hehe...well I had to chuckle when you said you had to pretend~~~that's wonderful:) And I love this photo and IS a snowy mood post!
    Beautiful! And if you WOULD like some snow for your snowy mood...I have a ton here for you.

  6. Love this!

    Would you ever be interested in submitting some art for an ATC site I'm working on?

    It's for music lyrics but you could always add some lyrics to a meaningful photo or take a photo inspired by a particular song lyric.

    let me know :) I would love to see some stuff from you :)

  7. We get our fair share of snow here in Indiana. Loved your poem. :) Thanks for the visit to my blog. SO glad to have found yours now!

  8. It doesn't show in the poem that you get no snow.

  9. The show has melted in the grey drizzle where I am, so now everything is that special sort of damp that winter likes to sprinkle everywhere. Love your snowy poem, and your snowy mood!

  10. I admit, those pictures I am seeing of snow are peaceful and pretty, but I've also lived in those climes and I'll take the rain!

  11. Seductive poem Patrick. And I very much like the photograph.

  12. Ha, lately I've been in a California mood, even though I've never been, so I have to pretend. There is plenty of snow in Minnesota for you! And in Vermont too :) I love the imagery in this poem, and how quick to the point it is. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Nice! (We may get snow over here for an hour or two.)

  14. Very lovely. Sweet poem and a peaceful picture. Makes me miss real snow. Not this TN snow that's gone in a flash. (I read Budd's comment and as I feel the opposite, thought it'd be funny to respond as such)

  15. Superb picture with a nice perspective. I like it. Greetings, I wish you a happy 2011.

  16. Awesome poem and a nice picture to go with it.

  17. Hi Pat, I grew up in VA --and we had some snow most winters. I loved it --and still do (as long as we don't get a blizzard like they did in NYC this past week). But--after getting married, we moved to Florida... I enjoyed it part of the year --but hated it during the Fall and Winter --because I missed the beautiful leaf changes of Autumn and the SNOW in winter... I guess it just depends upon what you grew up with!!!!!

    Happy New Year.

  18. Congrats! You managed to put a positive spin on the slush I just got soaked walking through. haha

  19. Jesse - You guys are really catching it! I don't envy you at all. Brrr!

  20. Snow has fallen in LA, Pat, as you probably know. I remember it snowing at least once when I was a kid. It was not much, but it was flakes...

  21. Lovely poem and photograph Pat.
    Hope you enjoyed Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.

  22. Sorry you don't see snow! We usually don't either.

  23. Joe - Hey Buddy! It's never fallen where I live though. Once we thought it did and they said it was only "sleet." We were not happy!

    The Abbot - Nice to see you out and about! We had a great Christmas and I hope you did also.

    Alex - I really wouldn't mind it once or twice a year! Only on weekends of course!

  24. When it first snows it's always lovely and exciting and beautiful. After two weeks and it's still not shifting it just gets annoying!! ha ha. You captured the magic of first fall of snow very well :)

  25. I responded to a bunch of these comments and it vanished! Oh well!

    Brenda - Nope! It's been raining all day though...Thanks Brenda!

    Budd - It doesn't stick here either, cause we don't get any!

    Miss Nikki - Thanks so much for the nice words! I'm glad you liked it.

    Brian - No thanks! you can savor it all winter...

    Dawn - Thanks Dawn! I don't need a ton, only a powder sprinkle of it!

    Costas - Thanks! There was so much snow where I took that photo. very deep...

    Penny - Maybe! I sure need to know more about it first. At risk of sounding dumb, what's an ATC?

    Pam - Thanks! Finding your blog was a treat! You are very talented!

    Bossy Betty - I'm with you! Although a little less rain would be nice...

    California Girl - Thanks so much!The photo came first.

    Sarah - NO THANKS! Actually we have a lot of snow in parts of California, but where I am, it's only in the mountains... Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

    Tim - Thanks Tim. Because of a big storm the night before we were lucky to get to that spot.

    Leovi - thanks! I took a bite out of the snow on that fence...

    Oilfield Trash - Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked them.

    Betsy - From VA to Fl is a big change during the winter. During the summer, both places have humidity that will suck the life force out of you! Not much change in seasons here.

  26. Oh, no. It's "much".

    The kiss is a lovely offer, but throw in a shovel and one of those super-long ice scrapers and you've got yourself a wintry ode...


  27. I heard that NY was really getting it and Europe too, snow-wise, and for a minute there, I thought it had been snowing in california too! Especially with the picture there..:P I loved the's so sweet.

  28. Pat-- I can understand that--as we get a dusting--or mostly ICE!! Being a Fl boy--I live in the perfect spot! "G" ar ar-- It comes-it goes!! The best of both worlds.

    Are you drying out?


  29. The poem is heavy but supreme. Like the snow here at my house falling right now. Is that your picture?

  30. Love the perspective of looking down the cold snowy rails....wonderful shot!

  31. I found out this past week that winter is my favorite time for outdoor photography. I think is it because I love B&W looking shots. Snow has a way of making things look surreal. That's a nice shot Pat.

  32. That's very convincing, Pat, especially for a Californian. Nice poem and photo.

  33. But yet it is raining again, we would be covered if it was snow huh.

    Nice poem my Friend and the picture is great too, one of yours?

  34. Pearl - Thank you "much!" I've never had to live with the reality of snow and ice, so that's all I got!

    Sarah - Thanks Sarah! It is indeed snowing in california, but not most of it! I can see a lot of snow from here!

    John - We WERE drying out! It's been raining all day!

    Cheeseboy - thanks! Brrr! I guess I'd rather have the rain (and earthquakes)

    Joan - thanks Joan! It's an awesome place, we love it!

    Chuck - I agree with you! As long as the snow doesn't wash everything out. Thanks Chuck! Hope you're enjoying your vacation.

    Robyn - Thanks Robyn! Have to use my imagination on this stuff.

    Jimmy - It sure is! All day! Let's see. One inch of rain equals one foot of snow, so yeah, we'd be buried big time! Yes, the photo is mine also. It's from Sequoia NP...
    thanks Jimmy!

  35. What a great shot...
    at first I was wondering if
    Mother Nature had lost her GPS..

    Happy New Year Pat ...
    May it be better for all of us.

  36. well Pat, you did a brilliant job! We did get snow and well, it mostly melted now :) that's the best part of the south; we get it and its gone....
    Happy New Year!

  37. This is truly sweet without being the least bit cheesy - excellent work my friend!

  38. Hello Patrick,
    This picture and your words with it: BEAUTIFUL!!
    Thanks for all nice comments from you during 2010. I appreciate it very much.
    Wishing you a happy and healthy new year 2011:)
    Warm hug from Berit.

  39. I love this post. Short but sweet. And talking about my favourite thing!! Snow!

  40. faye - thanks! If it snowed like that here, we would have total and complete chaos...

    Tracy - Thanks Tracy! I could live in those conditions. Happy New Year to you also.

    Jhon - Thanks Jhon, cheesy is to be avoided at all costs!

    Berit - Thanks so much! Same to you, I also appreciate it.

    Kato - thanks! The shorter the sweeter!

  41. A tender poem and lovely kiss to warm up a snowy day...

  42. I'm such an idiot. I actually believed you for a minute.

  43. haha - well at least you got into the spirit of it Pat..and cool shot too..

    Hope you have a great New Years buddy...and best of health and happiness to you and yr family in 2011...



  44. Margaret - thanks so much Margaret!
    At this point, I'd welcome some snow, this rain is getting very old.

    Ally - I'll take that as a compliment! But, you are no idiot my friend.

    Anthony - Thanks! Same to you! Happy New Year.

    Warren - Nah! I could go for a little snow, but the kind you get.

  45. Such a sweet and romantic poem. Snow is best enjoyed with the people you love. - G

  46. SKIZO - Thanks

    Georgina - Thanks for the nice words! Snow is cold!

  47. It doesn't snow much where I live either so it's nice to see snow once and awhile. Great photo.

  48. Clarissa - Once in awhile is just right. I can be to the snow in 60-90 minutes depending on traffic. That is plenty close enough!
    Happy New Year!

  49. Aw, what a lovely image and sweet little poem - and you can have all the snow I have over here anytime you want (we've truly had enough of it)! Happy New Year, Pat.

  50. Can you explain to me WHY you want to be in a snowy mood, Pat? There's a reason I live in the tropics... LOL But yes, your poem is lovely.

    HaPpY hApPy NeW yEaR, Pat! I look forward to sharing beauty and adventures with you in 2011.

  51. Great photo and poem.

    I had to do a double take at first. :) I think it snowed once or twice in the 40 yrs that I lived in OC. I remember one of the times was in the late 1970's but it was very little.

    Happy New Year!

  52. Betty - Thanks so much! Happy New Year to you!

    Shrinky - Why thank you! I go outside and look a the snow on the mountains. That should hold me over... Happy New Year!

    Francisca - I guess it's because I'm never in it! My friend agrees about tropical places. His motto is "if palm trees don't grow there, don't go there..." Happy New Year!

    James - I'm sure you can image what would happen if it snowed that much here on a weekday!
    Happy New Years James!

  53. That's a great photo Pat and I love your poem. You had me going there for just a second, I thought you had a freak snowfall. If you want some I can send a truck your way.

    That's one of the things I like about CA, even if you live where it never snows a trip to the mountains is all it takes.

  54. SQ - Thanks so much! I thank you for the offer, but I'll not be needing any of your snow! Happy New Year to you!

  55. It doesn't snow here either but I love the photo. And great poem!
    Happy New Year,

  56. Lynda - Thanks Lyn! Happy New Year to you also!

  57. A good shot as usual....nice words....forget snow...there's hardly any chilly weather out here...a snowy walk, heavily clothed and booted...nice image conjured...

  58. What a romantic heart you have.

  59. REK - thanks so much! I can live without the snow, you are right!

    Jenny - thanks! I think the jury is still out...


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