Saturday, May 7, 2011



There are just two weeks to Winter, the beachfront is deserted,
There are only hardy swimmers in the pool.
Yet still the sun is warm and there are no clouds in the sky,
Although the gentle breeze is blowing cool.
The days are growing shorter and the shadows elongated,
We hear of snow that's fallen in the hills;
But most people love the Winter, for it's brief and fairly gentle,
Better far than Summer heat, the Winter chills!

Old Man Pelican drifting by
Hears the timbers creaking,
Seems they're singing a lullaby;
He almost hears them speaking.
Speaking of days in the wind and sun
And the ships that have passed that way.
Dreaming of times that are dead and done,
As the timbers creak and sway.


Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Lovely photos and verse. We are preparing for the heat of summer so this is a pleasant reminder of the ebb and flow of things.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Berowne said...

Really enjoyed meeting the pelican...

Anonymous said...

I don't want to think of winter just yet; we're still waiting for summer :)

vivinfrance said...

These are both enchanting. hardy swimmers in the pool in winter, eh! I bet your winter never gets as cold as here (last year -16 degrees C).
A nice upside down look at seasons.

Judy Roney said...

Lovely poems and photos. I like the idea of winter lasting for two weeks and I know those north of us would like it even more. We have a long summer here in Florida, too. I wouldn't want any more winter but wish for less summer. I'll take a year of falls and springs. :)

Rinkly Rimes said...

Winter BEGINS in two weeks time. It goes on for three months. It's good here but not THAT good!

Andy Sewina said...

I love 'Old Timbers' I sang it all the way through. Dead good!

Laurie Kolp said...

Now I could live in a place with only two weeks of winter! I'm a warm-weathered fan. Enjoyed both of the poems.

earlybird said...

Love the pelican poem - an 'Old Man's' nostalgia of times past - I've always been fascinated by pelicans whenever I see them. Such improbable birds!

Harry Nicholson said...

The timbers! We can hear them mumbling of things forgotten - only the pelican knows what they truly say.


Susannah said...

I enjoyed them both. It certainly makes the world feel a smaller place knowing that your winter is coming up. I love the pelicans too.

Thanks for sharing with 'I Saw Sunday', I hope you enjoyed visiting the other entries too.

it is good to have you on board.

Unknown said...

Pelicans are a wonder to me. I see them when I go to the California coast each year and stare in utter fascination.

Anna:] said...

I loved the pelican too.

Anna :o]

Gloria said...

As we will soon be coming into summer following a long, cold, snowy winter and very wet spring I envy you the shorter winter you describe. Two well written pieces here. I especially enjoyed Old Timbers.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, particularly liked "Old Timbers," with Old Man Pelican. Ah, the stories he could tell (when he wasn't busy delivering babies!).

Also, lovely meditation on winter leaving and the warmer weather moving in. It's slower here, but it's coming! Amy

Isabel said...

great poems . loved the pictures too.