Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Winter Settles In

December 1st, the beginning of meteorological winter, did not disappoint.  Western New York is snow covered.  More is on the way throughout this coming week.

I don't really like the idea of re-posting previous poems, but here goes.  This is one of my own favorites and since it is nearly two years old, I've decided to share it again.  


wind sun snow

my breath cloud
on frozen        wind

to winter's       sun 

fearful of 
the virgin 

Poem © 2009 by R. Burnett Baker 
Photo © 2009 by R. Burnett Baker 
Photo taken by R. Baker in Highland Park, Rochester, NY, February 2009. 


  1. This lovely piece is definitely worth posting again. It's just perfect paired with the stunning photo. We have snow here, too!

  2. Thanks, Tess! The lake effect has kicked in and we should have nearly 2 feet by the weekend. Ugh!

  3. just wonderful as is the photo

  4. Rick,

    Wasn't around the first time you did this. Nice what it does, not just image-wise, but the implication of (sun!)warmth fearing virgin snow. A reversal of 'virginal fear'!

    Fear of harming the virgin? Fear of what to do with a virgin? More breath-connected, possibly. As in knowing the warmth of one's breath and knowing its weakness against (even!) a 'virgin' snow.

    You got me to try unwinding possible threads!

    (P.S. Don't know how you Easterners handle that kind of weather. I grew up in beach country)

  5. dude! i missed it the first time so i am really pleased to get a chance to read your beautiful writing. it's minus eleven c to start the day here. last night i rode the bike home through minus fifteen. not a problem in terms of comfort. we have snow but thankfully the roads are dry. my heart clings to summer's sun but is fearful of snowy roads! steven

  6. Hey, Rick, I sent you and email. Hope it didn't go into your spam cache.