Instead

Don’t speak to me of winter,
I know it’s coming fast;
Long summer days, warm summer nights,
Were never meant to last.

Don’t chill the air with frosty words
And make a bigger hole
Where warmth will leak and color leach
From pockets of my soul.

Instead, read me spellbinding tales
Of lands with balmy breeze
Where I can bask, bundled in bliss,
When digits start to freeze.Β Β Copyright 2013 Β© Sonya Annita Song

105 thoughts on “Instead

  1. Lorraine Marie Reguly October 21, 2013 — 4:33 am

    You must live in Thunder Bay. It’s getting cold here these days… 😦

    A very timely poem! Maybe we should take a trip to the beautiful islands where we can lie in hammocks and sip pina coladas on the beach… πŸ˜€

    1. Heck yeah. I live closer to the west coast, but not nearly close enough. I would totally go on a trip to a tropical island and sip diet Pepsi/Coke with a little umbrella in my cup if I could afford to do so hehe. πŸ™‚

  2. Come to Australia, its been 30 + this week, bush fires everywhere and worse to come. At the moment I would kill for a ‘balmy breeze’. Nice poem by the way Cubby.

    1. Bush fires everywhere sound horrible. I can’t believe it gets worse. I hope it won’t be as bad as you think. Australia is in my top 10 list of places I want to visit before I die. It goes up higher on the list in the winter months hehe. One day!

      1. Give me a call when you do, I’ll have acup of tea with you..

  3. I love the word “confuzzled” as a describer to your categories

    1. It seemed fitting. It also describes me a lot of the time. πŸ™‚

  4. it’s the four seasons, lets hope we never forget, sometime there are trials, that’s what puts a spring in your step…have a great day

    1. Yes, there will always be trials, but to be constantly reminded that they are coming is rather unpleasant. I would prefer to deal with the trials as they come. πŸ™‚

  5. αΌ‡RVβ„Žβ„°β„° October 21, 2013 — 5:56 am

    I love this very much Cubby… especially the last two lines (=

    1. Aw, thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  6. Wishful thinking…you KNOW the winter poems are coming (Heck, I already wrote one!) so brace yourself! As for being regaled with tales of balmy climes….I HATE it when my sister and friends tell me about how they’re enjoying Florida’s beautiful weather when I’m up in New Hampshire shoveling snow….or they call and whine how COLD they are when it’s 70Β°F there, and 20Β°F here. Good write anyway! (And, yes, I DO relate!)

    1. Yes, I know, and once winter is here I can deal with it, but the constant reminder that it is coming when it is not here yet gets under my skin. I would also feel somewhat disgruntled if someone rubbed it in my face that they were enjoying nice warm weather while I’m freezing my arse.

  7. Sounds like Scotland cold and wet here. Another excellent read x

    1. Cold and wet makes me forget the warmth of summer. What a bummer.

  8. That was fun in a dreamy kind of way. I’m with you completely. It’s so cold at night (upper 20s/low 30s) and only in the middle 40s during the day. I think winter should last two days and then spring and summer for the rest of the year. Lovely poem and it would be even better if while reading it I was drinking hot chocolate:) Way to go Cubby.

    1. I wouldn’t even mind if winter lasted an entire month, but it feels like we get at least 4 months of it here, 2 of the months with will-my-car-start-this-morning temperatures.

      1. I know exactly what you mean. Too cold, for too long. And not all of us are cats and all snuggly.

  9. ‘Where warmth will leak and color leech
    From pockets of my soul’ gorgeous – loved it:-) H xxx

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  10. So enjoyable as always! πŸ™‚

    1. That makes me feel very warm inside. I will tuck away this warmth for the winter. πŸ™‚

  11. Oh I need warm and sunshine…Love this poem…Don’t chill the air with frosty words
    And make a bigger hole I can so relate…

    1. Yes, warmth and sunshine fill that hole in such wondrous ways. πŸ™‚

      1. Fortunately I have a short shift, starting a course tonight and have my warm cozy car tonight:)

  12. I’ll speak to you of spring…
    When the days grow dark
    And the songs of blackbirds
    I’ll play for you each day.
    I’ll chase away the snow storms
    And exile for you the frost
    So you may pass that season
    with sunshine in your heart.

    1. This is so beautiful! I really love this. It melts my heart. Reowr!

      1. I’m so happy that the chill already is melting away! Purrrrrrr.

  13. Reblogged this on inturruptingcow and commented:
    Those that follow me know I moved from a rather temperate place where snow only happens in between blinks and it melts hitting the ground … to a place where people sometimes have to dig themselves out from their front door. My lovely friends and co-workers are constantly reminding me that winter is coming and it might snow this week, etc. etc. etc. So when I read this poem this morning, it was like Reowr used silly putty on the inner workings of my mind and pasted it on the blogosphere. Enjoy!

  14. Washing my big, warm sweaters now. Sigh….cozy but not ready! Wonderful, as always.

    1. I hate wearing sweaters. Actually, I hate wearing layers of clothing. The only concession I make is for thermal underwear, and only for my legs. That’s why I wear blankets around the house. πŸ™‚

      1. lol…be careful whilst cooking with those blankets around you!! πŸ˜€ ((I hate sweaters, too, but heating a 105 year old house costs mucho dinero!!)) πŸ˜€

        1. You should wear blankets too. They are quite comfy and make you feel like an armadillo. πŸ™‚

  15. I’ve read several of your poems now and like them very much. And your cat face, too. I look forward to following your blog.

    1. Thank you kindly. I’m glad you are enjoying my writing thus far. I hope you find your visits here pleasant and/or entertaining in some way. πŸ™‚

  16. My sentiments exactly! I hope you don’t mind – I reblogged.

    1. Not at all. I am flattered by the reblog. πŸ™‚

    1. Once or twice is fine. It’s the constant stream of reminders that gets to me. πŸ˜‰

  17. OH I love this. I felt warmer just reading it!

    1. I’m glad it could warm you up a bit! πŸ™‚

      1. I needed it! Thank you πŸ™‚

  18. Cubby, you know I love your poetry, and I hate it when I feel I just have to point out a word usage problem. Maybe I won’t!! Maybe I’ll just give you a hint that the word is in the seventh line! Maybe I’ll just say that the word you used is a noun and is a bloodsucking worm and the word you meant to use is a verb which generally means “…to remove (a chemical, a metal, etc.) from a substance by the action of a liquid passing through the substance.” There! Those hints oughta do it! Oh! The word you used and the one you intended are homophones! No more hints! *grin* *** πŸ™‚ ***

    Ron

    1. Thank you! I do knot pay enough attention to homophones when I right, or so it seams. But I rather liked the bloodsucking worm “leech” concept when I thought about it, but it doesn’t fit as nicely with the meaning that I want to convey. I appreciate you pointing it out to me! Criticism is always welcome and considered with care, although I wouldn’t consider this criticism so much as, “Pssst, dummy, you made a mistake!”, in much, much nicer terms. πŸ˜‰

      1. LOL! What about a poem on the topic of the IRS?! The bloodsucking worm connection should work nicely in that regard! πŸ™„

        1. HA! Yes, that would work very nicely indeed. πŸ˜‰

  19. Without the cold, harsh death of winter we wouldn’t appreciate the beauty and wonder of new life each spring!

    1. Of course, and I always tell myself this very same thing in the dead of winter. But it’s not winter yet!

      1. I’m still waiting for autumn where I live, which should have been here by now!

  20. Love, love, loved it!! My fave line? Last but not the least “when digits stat to freeze” Time? Fingers? Toes? Who nose lol

    1. Thank you so much. Your words warm my heart. πŸ™‚

      1. Well the feeling is mutual then πŸ˜‰

  21. I’m with you on these sentiments.
    When does the thick of it begin for you? We’ve dropped a bit in temperature here. Central heating on, which I hate. Pouring with rain. Weather designed to send me scurrying for the duvet. Well put. Warm words and tropical paradises most welcome.x

    1. The worst months are January and February where temperatures can drop to -40 degrees Celsius/Fahrenheit. But it’s not just the temperatures…it’s also heavy snowfalls and slippery ice that create such a mess on the roads. You have to double your driving time in winter.

      1. No wonder we dislike winter so. For one reason or another it contrives to make everyday life so much more difficult. Bummer all round. πŸ˜‰
        -40 is horrific!x

  22. Cubby, the white season of my fear is near,
    i think this poem will become my daily hymn.!

    1. Another sunshine lover. πŸ™‚

      1. yes, absolutely. it isn’t the cold, it’s the
        grey after grey days that i suffer from.

  23. coming into summer here we don’t get so cold winters but cold enough. Spring gets really sultry as it is at the moment. I just love the clear sky’s of summer here.

    1. Sigh. Sounds so lovely. πŸ™‚

      1. We have strong winds a lot lately but with not much rain. While I was away a tree came down in my yard from the winds. New South Wales is in a lot of trouble. Don’t know if you have seen anything on the news about the bushfires over there. There is no sign of an end to them yet. Some of us here are so over the winds we have been getting this spring.

  24. lulupoetrycorner October 21, 2013 — 6:34 pm

    All this talk of weather, I’m missing it (literally). Going outdoors now to enjoy the crisp clear night. Loved the poem:)

    1. Yes, enjoy the nice weather while you can. πŸ™‚

  25. Ahhhh love this! My heart belongs to the sunshine, but I gotta be honest, I do think the winter is quite romantic πŸ™‚

    1. The winter can definitely be romantic, but only when it gently nips at you. πŸ˜‰

  26. A fellow liver of warmth, yes… πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, definitely love warmth. πŸ™‚

  27. I love this poem! I love spring and summer best too…

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. πŸ™‚

  28. A fitting poem for today, when temperatures here were quite chilly this morning and will be even colder later in the week. I’m one of those few people who don’t mind winter–the cold temperatures and longer nights. I could do without the snow and ice, however.

    1. We need more people like you up here! I will try hard not to mind the cold this winter. πŸ™‚

  29. Lol! Not a winter person I see. But snow is so fun! And you get to wear scarves, and boots, and coats, and hats! So, you don’t get too cold. And you get snow days and don’t have to go to school…I can’t see why not to love winter. =P

    1. Reasons not to love winter:
      1. Worrying if car will start or not in the morning due to freezing temperatures.
      2. Scraping off the ice and snow on car for 10 to 15 minutes (while car warms up).
      3. Having to wear scarves, boots, coats, and hats.
      4. Constant runny nose.
      5. A 2-minute walk outside feels like a 20-minute punishment.
      6. Takes twice as long to get anywhere.
      7. Increase in traffic accidents.
      8. Huge mounds of snow pushed to the side of the street or to the middle that decrease road size and visibility.
      9. I could go on, but I think you get the drift. πŸ˜‰

      1. *rolls eyes* You’re totally missing out on all the fun! (Though, I don’t drive, so I guess that might affect my opinion a bit.)

        1. Ah, see, if I didn’t have to drive or if I had somewhere I could park my car indoors, it wouldn’t be nearly so bad. πŸ˜‰

  30. Oh I like this one A LOT! Now what ya need is a string of hibiscus lights like I have–that and my diet Pepsi in a special Beach tumbler, I’m good to go (more or less).

    1. A string of hibiscus lights sounds so lovely! That would definitely help create a tropical mood. Sigh. πŸ™‚

      1. I wish I’d bought out all that the store had–I got 3 strings, one of which didn’t survive a cleaning–so I may see if I can find any online. They’re much cheaper than a trip to HI.

        1. Lol yes, MUCH cheaper. πŸ™‚

  31. Your last stanza has warmed me up Cubby! I love ‘pockets of my soul’, the whole second stanza plays out the ghosts of winter, nice done.

    1. Hehe glad it warmed you up! A cup of hot tea does the trick too, which is what I will do right now. πŸ™‚

  32. I like this very much. ❀

    1. That makes me very happy! πŸ™‚

  33. You really are fighting the winter gig aren’t you! LOL

  34. Lovely…

    1. That makes me very happy! πŸ™‚

  35. I really loved this.. only the winters in India are not very harsh where I stay, and I actually look forward to the cold! πŸ™‚ but beautiful poem as always πŸ™‚

    1. Looking forward to the cold…that makes me shiver….brrrrrr. I can imagine Indian summers would be very hot and humid. I become like molasses in that kind of weather and feel so sluggish. I hope you enjoy the cold when it comes enough for the both of us! πŸ™‚

  36. Cold nights deserve warmer thoughts.

    1. Yessss. Very well said! πŸ™‚

    1. Lol you must live somewhere cold like me πŸ™‚

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