Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay to the nonfiction portion of the Winter in the Bay writing contest. Today, we share two poems submitted by John Swain and Rosalind Bennett, each a reflection on how we may see ourselves in nature.
Musings on a Snowfall
The fleeting kiss,
Of the snowflakes’ grace,
Anchors my reverie.
Soft winter’s day,
With its luminous gray,
Induces a quiet glee.
But my longing gaze,
on the sky sea haze,
Casts shadows of feelings,
Once hidden, now free.
John Swain illustrated his poem with Margo Mosher-Swain’s “Winter Storm in the Bay.” To read Margo’s inspiration for her painting, visit the Winter in the Bay online gallery and click on the image of the work.
Look here and see what lies beneath
What nature builds and winter keeps
The beauty raw is all around
The abstract Images do abound
The shape, design and colours show
The symmetry of all we know
The rushing wave and bird in flight
Nature’s art has come to light
Sharp edges softly painted Frey
Blue lines lead us here we may
White waves roaring foam and spatter
Stand still and think of what does matter
Our ragged life all stops and starts
Of pieces shapes and shades of art
Uniqueness that your life does bring
Randomly placed, a simple thing
As who we are
Is what we see
For art brings forth
the inner me
Rosalind Bennett illustrated her poem with Connie Ivany’s “Glassy Reflections” To read Connie’s inspiration for her painting, go to the Winter in the Bay online gallery and click on the painting.