Okay the Thaw came to Wisconsin this first week of February but “January Thaw” is the familiar term. This morning, I was worrying over the rain melting our beautiful skiing/snowshoeing snow. The phenomenon of mid-winter thaw helped me to trust that the snow will come back. Winter is such a calming time of less busyness and more comforts and the silent sports “swish[ing] through the snowy woods.” Enjoy the poem!
photo by Joy Neumann
that mid-winter warm up
when the winds shift
for just a week
then transport us back to winter proper.
Let the Thaw be a time of looking up
from your long winter reflection,
a time to think ahead
to the growing season of spring
knowing we are still immersed
in our deep winter’s work.
When again fresh snow covers
the roughness of the land
and the quiet rests in the trees,
our cleansing time will resume
for winter is a time to squeeze out
the putridness of fall decay
and the heat and pollution of high summer;
A time to swish through the snowy woods
breathing in the pure and white
cleansing our body and mind.