'Winter Afternoon' by Hans Gude‘Winter’s Breath’ and Other Poetry by Angel L. Villanueva The Society April 28, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 4 Comments Winter’s Breath The sudden chill of winter’s sigh Caresses me when autumn flees. My meager warmth she tries to pry, While planting kisses cold and dry; With icy breath she starts to tease. I’m bundled as I walk along, But still can feel her hands on me. She whispers near my ears, a song, Her wintry hold upon me strong; A frosty kiss she plants with glee. But shortly I will see the one Who warms my soul with her embrace. As frigid winter ends her run, Her icy tears will be undone, When spring begins to kiss my face. Spring’s Promise Her softest kiss she offered me today, As gentle warmth embraced my longing heart. But winter’s frosty grip pulled us apart, When cold and icy snow the day turned gray. I begged for spring to stay and share her glow, Instead a glancing peck she placed on me. She took her leave to let her sister be, And pranced away to yield to wintry snow. But as she left, I sensed a parting kiss, As if with words, to set my mind at ease: “Do wait, fear not my sister’s cold embrace, For days she has before I take my place.” And so as winter rides a gelid breeze, I pine for lady spring, whose touch I miss. Seasons O, stunning fall in saffron gown, Of crimson shades without compare, The leaves have turned a scarlet brown, The tears you’ll shed at winter’s glare. She’s garbed in pearly, downy white, And spreads her dress across the land. Your splendid art will suffer blight, When you depart at her command. But even she to spring will cede, When flowers rise to warming days. For winter’s dress cannot impede The seeds that raise their arms in praise. And still beyond the days of spring, Of blossoms blushed in colors grand, Her sister, summer, longs to bring, Her dress of jade and ocean sand. Angel L. Villanueva is a religious man who resides in Massachusetts, enjoying a simple life with his lovely wife, Nina. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Sally Cook April 28, 2020 Nice imagery and descriptive language. A truly romantic poem. Some few lines seemed awkward, but could easily be corrected. How refreshing to see the seasons compared to graceful and affectionate women — I cannot imagine any of them with a degree in business administration, or playing hockey ! Thanks for that. Beautiful illustration, too. Reply Rod Walford April 28, 2020 I really enjoyed reading these – thank you! You have beautifully personalised nature. Reply Margaret Coats April 29, 2020 What a lovely walk through the seasons, with vibrant music modulating as you choose a different form for each poem! Reminds me to give some careful appreciation to where I am in the seasons–and that happens to be the pleasant point where you conclude. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant May 1, 2020 I like the seductive personification throughout this series – thank you for my Spring smile. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.