Too Cold

We are partly tuber, partly bear.
Inside our warmth we fold ourselves
in the dark and its cold –
around us, outside us,
safely away from us;
we tuck ourselves up
in the long sleep
and comfort of cold’s opposite,
warming ourselves
by thought of the cold,
lighting ourselves by darkness’s idea.
~Donald Hall from “Seasons at Eagle Pond”

Being too warm the old lady said to me
is better than being too cold I think now
in between is the best because you never
give it a thought but it goes by too fast
I remember the winter how cold it got
I could never get warm wherever I was
but I don’t remember the summer heat like that
only the long days the breathing of the trees
the evenings with the hens still talking in the lane
and the light getting longer in the valley
the sound of a bell from down there somewhere
I can sit here now still listening to it
~W.S. Merwin “Remembering Summer”

I confess
loving the dark and cold
as much as light and warmth.
Drawn without alarm clock
away from my pillow,
I awake early
covered in inky blackness
of these unlit January mornings.

An uncharted day
before sunrise,
so raw with ripening,
belongs to no one else
until the light comes
to force me forth.
Only from darkness can I
sprout so boldly.

2 thoughts on “Too Cold

  1. Just loved this. I find every year that I am in the minority in my love for Winter and the dark and cold. I find it comforting and a season of rest and introspective meditation on His Word. Thanks for your daily reflections, such a blessing!! ♥

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  2. I have read and re-read your comment, Emily. It sticks to my soul like glue and I cannot let it go.
    Specifically, it is your words, “ONLY FROM DARKNESS,” that struck me so deeply. My initial reaction was that of St. John of the Cross’s haunting book, “Dark Night of the Soul.” Our loving Creator-God has graced each human being with His unseen eternal Presence (the Soul) within us as His Promise that He would never leave us, that He would be with us always.

    Among other situations in our faith life, we can experience a ‘dark night’ through temporary doubt that the soul is not real and that we are totally alone, bereft and blinded; no one is there to help us as we try to ‘reconnect’ with God. He is THE ONLY ONE who can give us the Grace of healing forgiveness for our sins against Him, our brothers and sisters, and for all that He has created. His Presence within us is a ‘roadmap,” a sacred blessed assurance, that recalls for us His Son Jesus and His teachings about how we should live. To accept and to forever believe in His earthly human life and teachings, we have only to look at the crucifix, the sign of our redemption and hope.

    Your effective use of metaphor re the seasons works very well here:
    WINTER; Cold; seemingly endless darkness for what we have been
    seeking — or have temporarily lost — we were unable to find in the
    sometimes frightening DARKNESS.

    And then — the beautiful LIGHT appears in the heavens, making
    everything clear from the darkness and we are now able to see all.
    – especially any darkness that may remain in our souls.
    We finally recognize the LIGHT and from whom it comes and our soul
    recognizes through faith and love the one for whom we have searched in the darkness —
    our loving faithful Creator, Our Saving Protector, Our Teacher and wise Counselor.

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