The Winter Branch

"Divinity must live within herself:

Passions of rain, or moods in the falling snow;

Grievings in loneliness, or unsubdued

Elations when the forest blooms; gusty

Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights;

All pleasures and all pains, remembering

The boughs of summer and the winter branch.

These are the measures destined for her soul."

~ Wallace Stevens

 

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I was raised in the Caribbean. Our holiday card was the family in our bathing suits waving beside the Christmas tree. But after many years of living in an eternal summer, I craved the seasons I saw in the movies and read about in the books. The children having snowball fights in the winter...Batmans and Princesses partly covered by hats and coats on Halloween...pumpkin carving and apple cider in the fall...

 

I believe that when we set an intention, the entire universe conspires to make it happen. And with the opportunity to further my studies, I came to live in beautiful, intense New England. While it has taken me years to adjust to the cold and to the short summers, (I am still very much a beach girl at heart) I have grown to love the beauty and uniqueness that every season brings. In fact, just today we were moving snow to make room for the snow coming this week. It's official. I have arrived!

 

The poem above....I love. To me, it interprets a woman's soul, a woman's moods, as changes in the weather and the seasons....brilliant.

 

Happy week everyone!

 

 

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Taken on January 29, 2011