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If you have a gripe with winter’s grip,

Wish to have less snow and frosty dip,

Wish winter to end, end with in a hurry,

Want to have seen the last snow flurry,

Be encouraged.  Winter’s begun to slip.

– eab,  3/5/08

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Old man winter sounds fierce out there,

And the trees swing, their limbs all bear,

Its pretty cold, even for a hare.

Below zero.


The snow is blowing in little drifts,

The wind is coming in great icy whiffs,

The cold mercury wouldn’t even lift.

No warm hero.      

– eab,  Mar. ’66

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Your leaves are now gone,

Like the wooded throng,

Of which you are one.

But your spheres still swing,

Patiently awaiting spring,

With its warm sun.

– eab, Jan. ’66

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The snow came down   With not a sound

And lay all around   Covering a cold ground.

It piled up on wall,   And on trees tall,

A blanket over all;   As leaves had been in fall.

– eab, Jan. ’65

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That night the snow came down.

It covered the branches,

But left the bottom brown.

And piled up on limb and twig

Until they looked,

Twice as big

As real life.

It’s “kind-a” funny you know,

What shapes we see,

After a snow.  

-eab, Dec. ’64

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I heard a little rustling,

A noisy sort of bustling,

On a cold November morning,

Outside my window light.


Then I looked into the street;

The leaves were on their feet,

Marching, marching onward; no retreat

The wind had called the fight.


They’d been called on that day,

With others brown and gray,

And the mother tree that nourished them

Now couldn’t bid them nay,

As they scurried and hurried with their might.  

– eab, Nov. ‘70

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For Nov. 23

W.  Winter – really I like the 4 season lineup,

not the monotony of the semi-tropics  

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Spring sprung,


Summer sunned


Fall fell


Winter won.


Another year complete,


Where seasons meet.                      

– eab  ’66

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Winter.  A season of the year.  Winter is in the familiar months of Dec-March (conclusively) but that is only in the northern hemisphere. If you travel far enough south (S.America, S.Africa, Australia etc), winter is in the June-Sept framework. Winter – a cooler time.  Winter – a time with shorter days and longer nights. But is winter strictly a physical phenomenon?
Winter can have a spiritual side.  It can be a time with the cooler weather to gather the family around a fireplace, a wood stove (even a heater) for a renewal of the much needed Family Altar. Let one or all read. Let one or all pray around.  Let the conversation be open to any family subject (including sex, finances, school schedules, future vacations).  Winter is for the family.
Winter’s spiritual side can/should include additional, personal reading of the Bible.  That cup of cocoa, coffee, tea, etc. can be consumed at the same time that Moses, or Matthew, Paul or Peter talk with you out of their hearts.
Or let the longer nights induce you to retire earlier and then, as the Lord awakens you, to rise and do so night praying.  Night praying (no pressing schedule, no phone or other electronic device) offers a quiet almost impossible to duplicate any other time of the day.

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The setting sun peeked at me

Through the limbs and twigs of yonder tree

A bright orange ball; a choice sight to see

Laced before with branches of black.

                – eab, 2/16/08

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