drifting along

February, I will love you if it kills me.

Love the snow and the cold and the grey and the ice and even the slippery. Love the shortness of days that creep towards longer, bumping into obstacles, often. Love the bare and the stark, and the black silhouette of web and lace against a sky of no color.

The tall, tawny grasses peeking out from beneath their white blanket, bending in the wind that blows through them. The stillness of an evening filled with gently falling snow, giant cotton ball flakes in no hurry to reach their destination. The night with no wind, just me and the sky and all this white.

I will love the blizzard in its rage, all furious and frenzied, knocking at my door, let me in, in, in. Love the snow caps and the drifts, the boots and the shovels. And I will embrace these muted tones of grey on white, black on blue, beige on beige.

Because I know that beneath you, February, spring lies in wait. I like to picture her there, smiling in her dress of green, getting ready for the party.

Flower seeds round her neck, roots as her hair, warmth as her bracelet.


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  • Skye February 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Oh! What a beautiful image!! I can see it as a painting! <3

  • Michael Douglas Jones February 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    A perfectly painted picture; you do amaze me.

  • Roberta Warshaw February 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I know what you mean. I am in AZ right now and am not looking forward to Saturday when we return to snow and ice. February is indeed hard to love.

  • lisa February 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    beautiful post!!! just found your blog and LOVE it!
    have a great week

  • Jamie S February 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    The fact that Feb is the shortest month just makes it that much easier to love.

  • Tracy Brown February 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Anyone else get goosebumps?

    “Flower seeds round her neck, roots as her hair, warmth as her bracelet.”


  • Mary Anne Morgan February 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Lovely, just lovely!:)

  • Kathryn February 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Love your opening line! I hate to rub it in but it’s actually sunny here with us today, quite a turnaround from the horrible grey drab days we’ve been having. Here’s to Spring!

  • Cristina February 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Just what I needed to hear after we had a whopper of a storm last night.

  • ivyallover February 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    wow what beautiful words with a beautiful image. You write so effortlessly *sigh*. What a lovely post and the beauty found in winter…love ♥

  • Katja February 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    What a beautiful image of spring! If I could paint, I would paint her just as you described!

  • Marcie February 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Simply beautiful…:-)!

  • Amy Oscar February 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Kelly, this is absolutely gorgeous. The writing took my breath away… and I HATE February. Made me reconsider… for a moment, the subtle pleasures of the wait, the snow, the anticipation of spring.

  • Anna February 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Indeed, the month of transition can be a hard one to love. But, I did love your imagery!

  • Nana February 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Ooohhhh that last line, really sticks with you , love it

  • elk February 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    i understand your feelings .. but there is so much to look forward to..the branches in your photo know!!

  • shona cole February 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I love that idea – loving such a dull month cause beautiful spring is coming. I love spring too, my favorite time of year. Thank you for your beautiful words.

  • Chantal February 18, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Amazing combo of words and photo, love it. have a good weekend

  • Leah C February 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Oh I needed to hear these words today:) It’s the shortest month, and yet it always seems to be soooo long for me!

  • jan avellana, hazelnut cottage March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    hello? i am right there with you. wandering, drifting too. we have a lot in common. (i even have a cat that looks just like your grey tabby!) i used to practice graphic design, i have a jewelry shop and i am now dabbling in mixed-media. so far to go. trusting things will come to us both, in time…hugs, jan


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