Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reverie

A wondrous kind of quiet comes with feathery layers of new snow and goose down. Falling softly in fat, hypnotizing flakes, the season's first blanket of snow settles lightly over the landscape without interruption, covering earth's dark and dusty leaf layer with a white and airy comforter.
Concrete streets and sidewalks, still hoarding heat from the summer sun, melt the snowfall on their surfaces, leaving manicured patches of white lawn and field between them.

Photograph: Brother Stan

Deck chairs and golf carts, not yet returned to winter storage, gather layers of snowflakes on their backs and bottoms, inviting wonderland sitting with softly contoured snow pads and pillows. In a few hours, the snow muffles the sounds of the expressway nearby, and, under the snow, garden flowers and bare buds snuggle into winter's white dress.

By evening, down comforters come out of storage for winter cocoons. Little is needed for a good winter's nap--a sack of white feathers, a pillow, and a fitted sheet. If ultimate luxury is the heart's desire, a feather bed laid over the mattress lures a sleeper
 into a naturally plumped-up nest.
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Ah, sweet night and down under.
 Count the layers of warmth in the house--the soft sounds of  late-night television in the next room,
 the giggle of children recently tucked into beds,
 the white-noise of the refrigerator humming in the kitchen.
Slipping between icy layers, you wait for body heat to warm your winter's bed.
In a minute, your limbs relax to their natural length and soon the old seducer, sleep,
comes to sail you over the long, dark landscape to the other side of the moon.

29 comments:

ELK said...

this is stunning as the words sink into my heart and the photos of new ..ever changing .. love the softness here

Laura said...

When I finished reading this, I said aloud, "Oh, this is SO lovely!"

Love this especially -- "the old seducer, sleep, comes to sail you over the long, dark landscape to the other side of the moon."

Lovely, lovely.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

it is soon time to get out my feather duvet. im looking forward to its warmth and comfort
~laura x

Ramblings by Carol Nuckols said...

I love "the layers of warmth" and all the warm, soft imagery this post conveys. I never get tired of visiting cathedrals, churches, monasteries, abbeys (and ruins thereof) when I travel, so I'm delighted to have found this site.

lakeviewer said...

Soft, evocative, a winter's tale.

Loni said...

Ahhh . . . reading this you could almost make me like winter! :)

Beautifully written!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hmmmm I can just dream away here in your space my friend.

Did it snow already at your place?
Love the image. and can't wait for it to snow here...let it be a white xmas.
Hugs D.

becky at abbeystyle said...

Dagmar,
It has already snowed 12 inches in Minnesota this year...where I once lived...I wrote this from the memory of my Minnesota winters.

Now I live my winters in Florida where it never snows...once in awhile, the temperature goes below freezing in January. We shiver and shake (especially the palm trees)but most of the time it's quite temperate.

Susan Erickson said...

I sleep so well with the window wide open and the cold night air rushing in....deep, deep sleeps....winter is good for sleeping....

Leslie said...

As a Floridian, I so appreciate the beauty your words and images have conjured here. Thanks for letting me visit your lovely winter world!

Leslie said...

P.S. Just noticed from your comment that you are a Floridian now, too : )

Now I'm even more amazed at your evocative description, from memory!

David N. said...

I do love winter so. We've seen our first flakes, but not our first true snow. Can't wait.

Kati patrianoceu said...

oooh, this has made me sleeeeeeepy!!! Also I sure wish we had snow days where I am...

mimi said...

I was just seduced to read that post three times, it was written so beautifully.The pic is gorgeous too. Almost makes me... almost but not really want some snow.But I do want a nest to snuggle in!

mimi said...

P.S. I am from Minnesota, probably why I no longer crave snow!

S. Etole said...

You make it sound so mysterious and comforting ... I'll remember that when it makes it's first appearance here. Northern MN hasn't received any yet.

Kit said...

this was beautiful and comforting! it hasn't snowed here yet...I'm not quite ready for it. But this makes me look forward to it a bit more.
Thanks for visiting my blog, as well!

emily wierenga said...

first of all, yay! i'm so glad you linked up, beautiful one. and secondly, i drew a long sigh after i finished for i felt tucked into that winter down and seduced by sleep over the moon... oh, friend, don't stop writing. you have such a gift. thank you for sharing it tonight. xo

Jeanne said...

Fantastic Becky! I love the photograph and you have captured the essence of winter so beautifully. What a talented writer you are! More please :))

Jeanne xx

RuneE said...

Is seems that Christmas has already come you way, at least the weather :-)

Thank you for the comment, but I would not recommend it. The windows are broken.

mimi said...

Becky, thanks for stopping by today! Did you go to Shanley H.S. or Oak Grove? Two of my daughters were born in Fargo. I was actually born in Minot but grew up in Fargo/Mhd. I graduated from Moorhead High and 2 of my nieces have graduated from Concordia! Such a small world!

Dimple said...

Imperfect prose makes, in this case, a perfect poem!

Beautiful and restful, you have captured what is best about winter.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Uh...NOT Venice. Or I am sure I would have heard, no?

;)

Lovely words.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi Becky, I 'didn't do this'...the frost was just on the barbedwire...
No photoshop came to this one.
Straight out of the camera!
All I did was go in the cold and grab a few pictures...I"ve got lots of them but non of them turned out this perfect (sorry I'm doing it again, patting my self on the back....;-)
Hugs Dagmar

B. Meandering said...

Perfect description of a cold, snowy day and the best reaction to it.
Loved this.
Am glad you found me and led me here.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

How beautiful your words and your photo are! I am sooo there in heart and spirit!

Turquoise Diaries said...

An amazing view.. I think we have to wait till January to see some snow in ─░stanbul..I miss it..

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dearest Becky...
I also love your wonderful phrase 'and soon the old seducer, sleep, comes to sail you over the long, dark landscape to the other side of the moon'... just perfect... words to lull me to sleep tonight!!

Your wonderful prose almost makes me long for a cold wintery night.... snuggled up and cocooning but of course.. we are embarking on summer here... ..

Have a lovely lovely week my friend and a wonderful Thanksgiving... ciao ciao xxx Julie

tammy j said...

hello darling bean.
yup.
i'm here.
creeping around the abbey.
i have my favorite posts.
and this is one.
this one today has been like a cool hand upon my fevered brow.
can't seem to kick this old bronchitis bug.
it's 95 outside.
i soaked up the written images here like a thirsty pup.
soon you'll be going home to florida...
to your winter sun!
not even sure if you'll see this. but i've enjoyed our chat! LOL.
XOXOXOXO♥