Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sonnet to Winter’s Glory--By Jan Henson--Turkey

Sonnet to Winter’s Glory

Cloaks of snow bedeck the woodland and hills,
Thrown from clouds in a leaden, windswept sky.
Falling so thickly, the valley, it fills
Closing out the view as blizzards blow by.
Lace at the windows etched by old Jack Frost,
Prettier than that made by human hand.
Swirls and fronds daintily, in ice, embossed,
Weak winter sun they’re too delicate to stand.
Strong winds howl around the roof’s smoky stacks,
Blowing sooty breaths in the icy room.
Candles guttering, spilling their hot wax,
As the wind softens, day turns to gloom.
Hark! The elements give you their story
Extolling this winter’s frozen glory.

Jan Henson has written poetry for a few years. She finds it an enjoyable experience.  When she attended school in England (in the ‘50’s) poetry seemed such a dry medium and she wasn’t all that impressed.  After school, she became a hairdresser and continued the profession after her marriage and birth of her four children.  When her youngest was three, she started working nights at a nursing home.  She realized her passion for the profession and became a nurse.  She worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years.  After her children were grown, she retired to Turkey where she currently lives.


  1. Jan, I loved your poem. I had just within the last few days been admiring "Jack Frost's" work on my kitchen window when I got up in the morning to 20 below zero degree weather outside. It was really a lovely sight. Thanks for reminding me of a
    moment in time witnessing the joy of nature as has your poem brought to me the same joy.
    Love, Charlene.

  2. Hi Jan,

    Living in Florida, I miss the winter magic you described so beautifully in your poem. If Jack Frost has some free time, send him to us. Although those who live in Northern states find this weather inconvenient, snow-covered landscapes have always been part of my best memories of childhood in New Jersey. Such a lovely poem! Best wishes for the holidays, Carolyn Devonshire

  3. I love the cold, but within reason! Beautiful visual Jan, very expressive...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  4. A very, very, very beautiful Sonnet, Jan. Visually clear and touching. Thank you for sharing.

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