Monday, November 11, 2013

Picturesque--By Maurice J. Reynolds--United States

Picturesque

The air is so still, and
just like a tear kissing a cheek,
the delicate snowflakes introduce themselves to the ground.
Delighted.
They now have the joy of
sticking around for a little while,
bringing a chilly but splendid
change of season.
Clear skies allow the stars to shine brighter.
Winter.

Feel the silence.
Embrace the time.

Maurice J. Reynolds is a freelance writer who has had material published in various publications.  He is the owner of To God be the Glory! Publications, a literary ministry that produces the poetry publication Creative Inspirations.  More information can be found at: www.tgbtgpublictions.com.

30 comments:

  1. Thank you, Christine Tate, for the following comment--

    Hi Rev. Reynolds. I thought your poem was lovely and when I saw the surprise snowflakes falling this morning in my neck of the woods, I thought of your lovely words...It is still too warm to stick to the ground here, but a reminder that winter is around the corner. God Bless you!

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  2. Hi Christine. Thank you for your warm comments. I really do appreciate them.

    -MJ
    www.tgbtgpublictions.com

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  3. Dear Maurice,

    I really appreciate all the comments you left for other writers today. It is encouraging people like you that make Whispers possible. Thank you so much.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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    1. It is my pleasure, Karen. You are truly a blessing to my ministry and publication!

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  4. Beautiful! This morning here on LI in NY there was a light snow and a couple of flurries. Yes, winter is just around the corner and I love it! Your words are so gentle and soothing - Great post...

    Rhoda Galgiani

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    1. Hi Rhoda. Thank you so much for the kind words. I appreciate it.

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  5. I so enjoyed your description and reminder of coming winter. Winter used to be my least enjoyed time of year and yet I learned to embrace it. The year a blanket of snow 18 inches deep fell during the night in 1972 on Vegas Nevada, a very rare occasion, was the first time I had ever seen snow.

    It was near Christmas and the children were sleeping. I had stayed up to do some cleaning and it started snowing about 11 PM. I watched as it quickly covered the ground and trees. I relished in the silence as you know how noisy children can be. I had six at the time.

    The street lights sparkled off the snow like a billion tiny diamonds. I thought how clean and fresh everything looked. As I stood in awe of the beauty, my thoughts turned to the Lord and the verse of scripture in Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

    As I looked at that snow I longed that my sins be white as snow and I knew that Jesus had covered my sins and I could be made clean, as I continued to repent and was strive to live a righteous life.

    It was such a spiritual experience that night, that I have gloried in the places I would move to, where in the winters it snowed.

    Thank you so much for reminding me of why I now love the snow. I live in such a place now. Even though it is cold outside I am blessed to have a warm home and my heart is warm with the remembrance of that glorious night.in1972

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    1. Charlene, thank you for the wonderful and heartwarming story. I too remember those 70's winters here in the Midwest. I can remember being all bundled up with a heavy coat, boots, socks, gloves, hat, scarf and even long johns and still coming home after school freezing. I am not a fan of the cold of the winter season but am a fan of its beauty. Blessings to you and thank you for sharing. -MJ

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  6. Dear Maurice,
    The cleansing of the Earth's surface as well as our souls emerges in this wonderful poem. Perhaps you live in one of the areas where snow debuted early this year. How well you describe it's silence and beauty. These are images from childhood that I cling to now that I'm in Florida. Indeed, I "embrace" these memories. Beautifully written, my friend. Love and blessings, Carolyn Devonshire

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    1. Hello Carolyn and thank you for your kind comments. I'm in the Midwest and it is very sporadic here. Like now, there is normally snow on the ground, but several counties close to me experienced tornado's. I don't like the cold but I love the beauty of winter; at least during the week of Christmas. After that, it can go away and come back next Christmas, lol. Blessings to you and yours and continued literary success.

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  7. Hi Maurice, what a beautifully descriptive and very tactile piece this is... From the softness of the falling snow like the tear on the cheek to the hardness of the snow crisply settled on those clear frosty nights. Left me with a crunch! Enjoyed this pleasure of the senses... Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Anaisnais. You are very kind. Your comments and encouragement are appreciated.

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  8. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following comment--

    A lovely descriptive poem that caused me a feeling of peace during it's reading. Thanks Maurice and also thank you for your kind comment. Bob D

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    1. Hi Robert. You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words.

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  9. Those last two lines really say it all, Maurice! Beautiful writing!

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  10. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    magical

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    1. Thank you, Jack. Continued success and blessings to you! -MJ

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  11. "The air is so still, and
    just like a tear kissing a cheek,"

    Maurice Reynolds, these introductory lines were arranged in grand style, setting the right tone for the entire poem. A beautiful piece, blessings to you!

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  12. Ndaba, thank you, my friend. I appreciate the love and commentary. Did you get your copy of Creative Inspirations? Please let me know. Thank you.

    -MJ
    www.tgbtgpublictions.com

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  13. Hi Maurice, you create beautiful images with your poetic words. A pleasure to read. Blessings always, Leokadia

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  14. Thank you, Richard Sponaugle, for the following comment--

    I can picture the snow lie it's really falling. Excellent imagery. A pleasure to read.

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  15. Thank you, Robert Hinshaw, for the following comment--

    Maurice thank you so much for your kind comments re a couple of my recent posts on Whispers. Thank you for your encouragement. I have read a number of your poems and you can truly be called a Master of Verse. I know you are very proud of your fathers service to this nation! I was honored and privileged to serve 30 years in the Air Force. The best to you as you continue your poetical journey and may the well never run dry! Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours - Bob Hinshaw

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  16. Thank you, Eleanor Michael, for the following comment--

    I enjoy reading--and writing--nature-based poetry. I like your line: "Clear skies allow the stars to shine brighter."

    Eleanor

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  17. Such beauty is captured in nature when it brings life to the winter season. Beautifully composed Maurice. The stars are always brighter in winter I love the cold crisp air, walking along the sea shore listening to the waves come tumbling in. I don't get any snow where I live in Australia. Although we do get snow in some parts. At the present is it very hot as we are in the middle of Summer. Wishing you all the very best for the New Year, Leokadia

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  18. Thank you, Gerald Heyder, for the following comments--

    Dear Maurice, your regard for my words is truly heart warming! Your poem, "Picturesque," is exactly that! This poem really makes winter seem like a wonderland!

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  19. Thank you, Suzanne Clement, for the following comment--

    What a lovely way to describe the coldest time of the year!

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  20. Thank you, John Williams, for the following comments--

    Your work awakens the splendor of nature's inviting pleasure. Good imagery...a spiritual feeling of God's blessings. Your works inspire, and I want to thank you for sharing your intriguing thoughts that are spoken from the heart.

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