One Minnesota Winter Morning Brings Out the Best in Me

January in Minnesota has plenty to make me happy. Yes, this does make me a weirdo among many. But just yesterday I found myself thinking what a great thing days with temps well below freezing and a little fresh snow are. Days when our neighborhood owls call to each other in dim early morning light and the dog’s paws leave perfect tracks down the driveway. Days when school buses chug amazing clouds like a new kind of steam train behind them. Days when cardinals and chickadees mob the bird feeder, spilling seeds everywhere to the delight of squirrels nosing around on the ground. Days when sitting in front of the lit fireplace feels like the best sort of hot massage and cooking, with its smells of roasting vegetables or stewing meat and the way the whole kitchen heats up, is its own slow pleasure.

Winter makes me happy.

In the spirit of sharing the happiness, I’ve found a few happy winter poems to link to below. If that doesn’t work for you, then come on over for dinner. We’ll find something to make you glad to be alive.

January by William Carlos Williams

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

Winter Twilight by Anne Porter

White Eyes by Mary Oliver

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Want a little more winter poetry? Try the latest issue of Gyroscope Review – the winter issue is gorgeous, if I do say so.

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  1. Loving it. No real snow yet her in Edinburgh just the cold cold wind of Brexit. Lots elsewhere in Europe. HOwever, I was on the West coast of Ireland at the start of January and their Daffodils were not just out but nearly finished. Very odd.
    But yes – beautiful winter mornings are good for the soul ref: Author / blogger celebrates 20 years without it…

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    1. Hi Amanda! Yes, I’ve been reading about all the snow in Europe (as well as that cold wind of Brexit – brr). One thing we don’t have is a lot of snow here in my town which is worrisome. Tons of snow to the north. The weather is my favorite distraction from the Trump news cycle although he did manage to reopen the government yesterday.


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