…the cold waking you
as if from long sleeping,
then you can understand
how, more often than not,
truth is found in silence,
how the natural world comes to you
if you go out to meet it,
its icy ditches filled with dead weeds,
its vacant birdhouses, and dens
full of the sleeping.
But this is the slowed down season
held fast by darkness
and if no one comes to keep you company
then keep watch over your own solitude.
In that stillness, you will learn
with your whole body
the significance of cold
and the night,
which is otherwise always eluding you.
~Patricia Fargnoli from “Winter Grace”
So slowed down and immobilized by the rain, the cold, the darkness
it can take every reserve I’ve got to embrace another day
yet embrace I must
clinging to the knowledge
that even in stillness and silence
I love and am loved.