Winter can be so romantic, nostalgic and sexy … yes really! These poems capture some of the best parts of the chilly months, and both warm us with their creative glow like hot cocoa and fill our minds with beautiful thoughts. So if you’re a wordsmith, take a gander!
1. Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been,
Winter in this poem seems to be a metaphor for absence – is it of love? But it’s also a reminder of Spring around the corner, and of the pleasures waiting for you in the future: “For summer and his pleasures wait on thee”. Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder, and winter makes summer even sweeter. Read the full poem here.
2. Dust of Snow, by Robert Frost
The way a crow / Shook down on me / The dust of snow / From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart / A change of mood / And saved some part / Of a day I had rued.
The definition of “rue” is to bitterly regret. Maybe what Robert Frost is saying is that sometimes, something as small as a crow dusting us with snow is enough to turn a bad day into a good one. Little things can make the biggest of differences, like a candle in the dark. Or a marshmallow in our hot choc.
3. Faded from the Winter, by Iron and Wine
Technically a song rather than a poem, but poetic nonetheless! This sweet and short melody makes us think of the beauty of nostalgia – check it out here. “Daddy’s ghost behind you / Sleeping dog beside you / You’re a poem of mystery / You’re the prayer inside me”. We simultaneously feel sadness about loss, comfort about the love of the dog, intrigue about who the poem of mystery is, and hope with the prayer. This simple song captures so much of the essence of winter, and the guitar gives us goosebumps!
4. The Seasons of Us, by David Ellsworth
“when winter comes and skeletons of trees / stand starkly upon the snow / i will think of you / and your head on my lap before the fireplace / skating on the gaunt, deep pond / where we made love on brighter days / hot chocolate and fired brandies / and standing at windows while flurries fell”
Thus starts the poem by David Ellsworth. What better time to reminisce on love than when you’re confided to the warm inside, looking out over the world?
5. Winter Solstice, by Gustan Koumantaros
A short and sexy one for the very end: “On the/shortest/Day, we/shared/the long-/est night.”
Wow. You don’t have to be a man (or woman) of many words to make winter sound exciting, apparently! Sweet Christmas!