Earth Sinks to Rest


November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

–  Clyde Watson


Author: nancybond

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

7 thoughts on “Earth Sinks to Rest”

  1. What a beautiful poem Nancy. and there is something so peaceful about the title “Earth sinks to rest.” It’s also a scary time to me. When things die back for the winter season, I always wonder if they’ll come back in spring or not? Sometimes the “rest” is permanent, isn’t it?

    It sometimes is, Kathleen, but faith is the mainstay of any gardener. :) I’m betting they all do just fine.

  2. That is so apt, the earth sinks to rest. Beautiful, and sad also in some ways. But I guess without the rest, there will be no rejuvination in the spring.


    Precisely. :) It only sleeps.

  3. Your new blog organization creates an even more attractive blog.

    Thank you, Donna! Hopefully, even easier to navigate, too. :)

  4. Nancy dear, you have inspired me to post one of the greatest paeans to winter that I know, Judy Collins’s beautiful song “The Fallow Way.” Had it not been for your posting this reposeful poem, it would not have occurred to me. Thank you so much, as always, for being a source of pleasure and inspiration!

    I ADORE Judy Collins — I’ll be quickly checking out your post! And I thank you for your very kind words.

  5. So happy to see snow, thanks for sharing the pictures! I don’t know if we’re going to see any here this year. It’s late November, and the low temperatures still haven’t been below 40.

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