Wednesday, December 3, 2014

let silence in

New Year Resolve

by May Sarton

The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.

Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.

Let silence in.
She will rarely speak or mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.

For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.


Perhaps it's a little early for new year resolutions. Perhaps not.

But today I'm resolving to let the silence in.

I'm resolving to stop the clutter in my mind.

To come back to dream and to morning snowscapes.

It's amazing how many people who live here really don't like the snow. They curse it on a daily basis. I wonder if they stop to look at it. Maybe they do. 

They curse the way it slows them down, I guess. The dangerous roads. The endless shovelling. I get that. 

But since this is where I live, at least for the foreseeable future, I'm going to try and appreciate the snow. To use it to let the silence in. 


  1. Your last few posts are a reminder of why I love the change of seasons and how snow forces us to turn inward and appreciate the quiet and the stillness. I love being frozen in time, if only for a few months. And as always, your photos say it all!

  2. I discourage people from cursing the snow. Many years ago I found myself cursing the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer. I didn't want to spend all that time cursing the region I choose to live in because truthfully I love everything about this place including the snow and cold if I allow myself to see the beauty in every season. Also, I think starting to think about resolutions right now is a great idea!

    1. Glad I'm not alone. Thanks Manisha. :)


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