WINTER’S TEASE                                   

Love is the only emotion that expands intelligence; listen to the world speak to you, Derek Walcott

Shine forth, oh winter tease

Grant that eyes consume your freeze

In beauty anxieties welcome rest

  Demonstrations of all that’s blessed

Thou hath no wounds to call forth pain

In peace and quiet we have lain

 Allowing winter’s healing magic test

  Draw us to yon  branches  cold and bare

    Forgetting discomforts of frozen air

   Allowing  beauty to charm our souls

       With the love and patience of the bold.

6 thoughts on “WINTER’S TEASE                                   

  1. Wow this is beautiful Marie! And here’s the “woman” thing I posted that I think you said you wanted to read:
    I am proud of being a woman, and a southern woman at that, because it means that I have a strength that some men do not. No matter our point of origin, the strength of a woman is found in the heart of a fiercely protective mother, yet one who knows that letting go is simply part of life.
    Think Mary

    I am proud of being a woman who can appear perhaps a bit simple, unassumingly sweet but who can be complicated, deeply profound and hell on wheels when necessary.
    Think Mother Teresa

    A woman who loves and appreciates men—men who are masculine…and whose mothers imparted upon them a sense of decency and compassion because I know real men can and do cry. Just as I know real men can stand alongside a woman while defending their nation…all the while never blinking an eye…
    Think Joan of Arc

    I like what it means to be a woman—to be nurturing while strong, sentimental while determined, and tender while tenacious…
    Think Clare of Assisi

    This isn’t intended to be a complicated or political discourse on women’s rights, gender equality, or the importance of the solidarity of women…for I have neither time nor strength for that never-ending debate…This is merely the observation of women by a woman…a southern woman. A woman who has more in life to worry over than protesting and marching. A woman who has been busy being a wife, mother, daughter and caretaker. A woman who was so busy working that she never selfishly thought that demonstrating or picketing was ever a priority during the forging, caring, teaching and living of life. No….here is no real place for the militancy of feminism when a woman is busy living her life…as she cares and works for all those around her…it’s what women do—fiercely and tenaciously caring, raising, nurturing, honoring and protecting…Here’s to women–Those women who are strong of body, spirit and soul…those who understand the true importance of what God has entrusted upon them….that of living a life of a woman…

    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13

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