Thursday Thirteen #50


THIRTEEN QUOTES & POEMS
THAT ILLUSTRATE JANUARY

1. “It is deep January. The sky is hard.” – Wallace Stevens

2. “The trees down the boulevard stand naked in thought,
Their abundant summery wordage silenced, caught
In the grim undertow; naked the trees confront
Implacable winter’s long, cross-questioning brunt.”
– D. H. Lawrence

3. “January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.”
– Sara Coleridge

4. “Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” – John Boswell

5. “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.” – William Sharp

6. “January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.”
– Edgar Fawcett

7. “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

8. “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.” – Thomas Mann

9. “Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

The rayless sun,
Day’s journey done,
Sheds its last ebbing light
On fields in leagues of beauty spread
Unearthly white.

Thick draws the dark,
And spark by spark,
The frost-fires kindle, and soon
Over that sea of frozen foam
Floats the white moon.”
– Walter de La Mare

10. “This bright new year is given me to live each day with zest eloped in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.” – John Burroughs

11. “The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty. It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed, solemn.”
– Patricia Hampl

12. “Winter dawn is the color of metal, the trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves.”
– Sylvia Plath

13. “Winter is the time for comfort – it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell


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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

10 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen #50”

  1. I like the statement in the first that the sky is hard. That seems so true. I often felt that way when I lived in Denver.

  2. 5. “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.” – William Sharp

    That is exactly what our landscape looked like this morning when we awoke. I tried to snap a few photos but the falling snow tricks my camera into not-quite-focusing. I will be traying again later. I loved reading this entire post! :)

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