The Winter Cold


Terry Lowenstein




Cold cloaked the land
in a heavy coat of frost,
a gray sky blocked
any warmth from the sun.
Trees their branches bareshake from the freeze.
As the birds nested down
leaving the sky empty.Empty and cold.

Those who had hearths
piled the wood high.
Chimneys showedwhere fires blazed
in an effort to keepthe cold at bay.

Inside wise wives and mothers
stacked extra comforters
at the foot of their
loved ones' beds.
counseling all
to wear a hat,scarf and gloves.

Winter blew outside
with the zeal
of a hurricane.
And spring,
seeing all still within
his grasp,
packed her bags
and left in such haste,
that flower petals
could be seen at her heels.

Her fast departure,
was noticed,
by Jack Frost.
Laughing he held his sides,
and danced upon the lawn.

While, the general populace
and the poor suffered,
and counted
the days till spring.




Author Bio

I am of Irish and French descent. Born in Virginia, I am by birth a Southerner. But, my father's work was to end up taking my family to several different states. I lived in a variety of places: Washington DC, Baltimore, Connecticut, to mention but a few. But it was the years after my father's death that had a major influence on my writing. My mother a young widow with four children moved to Florida, to be near her own mother. It was in Florida that I was to finish growing up, attend college, marry and give birth.

But the land of perpetual summer was not for me, and when the opportunity arose for a job transfer. We happily moved. It is here in North Carolina that we have at long last put down roots. Built our home. So my bio listed with my articles (writing magazine articles is my day job) reads thus: Terry Lowenstein is a writer from North Carolina who lives with her husband, two daughters and two cats-Dickens and Emerson.

Our house welcomes you with a porch filled with geraniums. It is here the I write. Besides writing poetry, I also write short stories. My "day job" as I mentioned before is writing magazine articles. These include personal essays, travel articles, and a monthly column that appears in parenting magazines throughout the United States.

A sample of my recent parenting publishing credits: Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, Big Apple Parent, Charlotte Parent, Maryland Parenting, Oklahoma Parent, Northwest Baby and Child, Parent's Press, Sydney's Child, and Melbourne's Child

But this is not my only day job, during the school year my schedule grows even busier for I homeschool my two daughters. And so it is that my family and life influence, and inspire the ink that flows from my pen. My poetry has appeared in a variety of publications among the most recent: Mail Call-A Civil War Journal, Blue Fifth's Review, Hawkwind, lingerings, Niederngasse, A Country Rag An Appalachian Review, The Writer's Hood, The Friendly Spirit, Wilmington Blues, The Pedestal Magazine and Southern Ocean Review. With more poetry due to be released in the coming months in Nectarzine, Prairie Poetry, Fables, and Lost Ages Chronicles.

In the months ahead I plan to be involved in several special projects in connection with my poetry. I have one poetry collection currently featured at Hawkwind. And should by the end of the year have another collection over at Lost Ages Chronicles. I am also busy with my latest chapbook--Poetry From Rock Stream. And, I plan to be more involved in poetry readings. I love being able to read my work aloud. In addition I plan to further pursue avenues opening in the children's writer's market. Finally it is my hope to finish my first fictional book. A book that now nears completion.

So there you have it my bio, and a sampling of my writing credits. Writing has and always will be important to me. And poetry, poetry for me is magic, waiting to be discovered. A journey filled with wonder.

Read another poem by Terry.
At Play in the Cemetery





"The Winter Cold" Copyright © 2002 Terry Lowenstein. All rights reserved.
Published by permission of the author.


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