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Joy Gaines-Friedler: Winter, Go Ahead

Winter begins it all —
not spring that rips through frost,
but winter, where last night’s snow 
                            leaves a lawn of stars.           
No stops & starts of bees. 
No naïve leaves untouched by grief
No fear of fire or counterfeit friends. Snow,
white bodied bird, painter of silence,
dancer who loves the air,
                        reveal the details:
let the branches be layers and layers of tree. 
Tonight I will wake to hear the sound of an owl
(hope its call is answered by another –
      that her answer fills the cavity he lives in)
see the moon lay its Templar light
                            over everything
even the swing-set in its cold metal.
And like the half-frozen stems of reed-grass
that struggle through, let us realize
                                     snow as defense.
Tomorrow the sun will glaze the willow
that grows by the river.
We can never know what keeps it alive,
or what will come next to change ours.
Winter, go ahead.
Quiet the crickets. The mowers.
Lay your weight on the water,
crystallize the edges.

Joy Gaines-Friedler is a poet and photographer who lives in Detroit.

Copyright 2020 Joy Gaines-Friedler

photo by Joy Gaines-Friedler

15 comments on “Joy Gaines-Friedler: Winter, Go Ahead

  1. Alinda Wasner
    December 6, 2022

    How stunningly beautiful, Joy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Debbie
    July 7, 2021

    Joy, this is astonoshing in its feeling and imagery…I love the words…I treasure this poem. Thank you. Debbie

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joy Gaines Friedler
      May 18, 2023

      Thank you Debbie – I’m so glad it speaks to you.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Diane Detter
    December 24, 2020

    Boy that is winter. Thank you for sharing the thoughtful poem it’s almost like a prayer. I would love to hear you read it. I love your poem readings. Love you Diane

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joy Gaines Friedler
      May 18, 2023

      Thank you Diane – I’m so happy you mentioned that it sounds like a prayer – I’ve often thought that poetry is like prayer.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Elaine Polk
    December 23, 2020

    Congrats Joy, winter is beautiful, the silence and beauty of a snowfall, is a treasure many miss.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Melissa Kaplan-Estrin
    December 23, 2020

    While Winter may lay its weight on the water, the poem reminds us that it also dances, paints, and crystalizes. It silences and beautifies the world. A wonderful combination of photo and poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Karen McFall
    December 23, 2020

    Joy’s vision touches my soul.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. nelnan
    December 23, 2020

    Ah, the beauty of the silence, of the art created by Winter. Evocative and peaceful.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Patricia Barnes
    December 23, 2020

    Joy captures the clear, pure feel which is the best part of our Michigan winters.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Barbara Huntington
    December 23, 2020

    that her answer fills the cavity he lives in) Love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Alexander Morgan
    December 23, 2020

    Beautiful sense of winter as refuge. I like that.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Deborah Weatherston
    December 23, 2020

    I love the photo, capturing parts and pieces of winter. Fragments, fragmented.Like i feel.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Joy Gaines Friedler
    December 23, 2020

    Thank you Michael Simms for creating this space for art. For connecting us through art. For letting art speak for us. You are an amazing curator and supporter.

    Liked by 2 people

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