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I am longing for beauty and warmth ~

For color and sunlight on this dreary

White-skied day nine weeks from Spring ~

After the glory of multi-hued holiday

Decorations ~ this season of the year seems

Like a penance or a punishment ~

With no time off for good behavior ~

I have already braved the icy winds

Once ~ fighting to keep my umbrella

Turned right-side-out and my hat on ~

And now I watch with jaundiced eye

As icy rain smears itself across the panes ~

Ravel’s “Bolero” pours from the speakers ~

Impassioned notes that labor to dispel

The chill of this winter-dark afternoon ~

I sit up taller and unconsciously my body

Turns and yearns toward the source of

All that liquid beauty ~  those singing

Strings ~ the spear-like bursts of sound

From the bright gleaming brass ~ with

The underbeat of the drums throbbing

And urging me toward an end I do not

Comprehend but am quite unable to resist ~

And while the chords rush toward the final

Crescendo, my soul is ravished and on fire ~

In a consummation of beauty and music

And the words that cannot describe it

This side of heaven ~

© 2012, Melody Haislip. All rights reserved.

Melody Haislip (23 Posts)

I began writing poetry in my early 20s, and then put it aside and forgot it. Then a couple of years ago, I suddenly began writing ~ about everything under the sun ~ and I began to write poetry again. Or perhaps I should say channel more than write, since I feel that I am merely the conduit for some of the pieces I write. Those are the best of times, when the words flow, and those are the words which speak to others. Wish I could live in that state all the time!


  1. You have been direct and to the point in your yearnings for the coming season, one bringing sunshine and warmth. I believe the changing seasons are beneficial as they mark, within each us us, the seasons of our lives. In wintertime we can lie dormant and thinking, which is a good thing to do. Examining ourselves helps us consider our future direction.

  2. Melody Haislip (Author)

    But even when I’m meant to be dormant, I’m still filled with longings!

  3. Exquisite, Melody! I can hear Ravel and understand the strings so carefully crafted in your words.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Thank you, Cher. Music and poetry just seem to go together.

  4. You paint such a scene here. And it weaves such a beautiful and true picture of dormancy and longing and hope- and the strength of the human spirit. This piece of writing just brings me there and warms my heart on a cold dark morning. And being I’m counting down the days to spring more and more now, gets me excited! :) Lovely Melody, really resonates.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Pete, only five and a half weeks now, but I’m not putting my winter clothes away just yet. I haven’t seen a robin so far, which makes me think those canny little birds are waiting, too. Glad I could warm your heart, which is not dependent on the weather. I’m glad, too, that you liked my word painting. Thank you. :)

  5. I am trying to track down the source & copyright holder for the rolling wave picture you have on the website. Please help me out with your source so I can request permission. Thanks!
    Carl Barnhardt
    Lead Pastor @ The Pointe UMC

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