Big Tent Poetry–Introspection

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A Cascade

When winter comes
will you be ready
to hibernate?

To go within
confront the truth,
when winter comes?

To feel the chill
of unlived dreams—
will you be ready?

This time of year
in cold and dark, we long
to hibernate.

Submitted to Big Tent Poetry: and to Leonnyes Z to A Challenge:

26 thoughts on “Big Tent Poetry–Introspection

  1. Rumya says:

    Severe winter conditions which we don’t experience here at all. But, chilly to face the truth when it confronts but that is always better and hope it passes over.


  2. Amanda says:

    Great combining of the two themes I like your cascade very much I am longing for a chilly winter now!


  3. Kavita says:

    Ahaa.. reflective and thought provoking!! Loved the form here… very well structured, Victoria!
    And I like the way you have answered your own questions towards the end of the poem – that was really very neatly done, making it look like a rhetoric! I liked that a lot!


  4. b_y says:

    Nice use of the form. (to answer the question–I’m coming out of estivation. The cold wakes me up)


  5. rallentanda says:

    I have just come from hibernating in the winter and am now emerging into the Spring and Summer. A sweet little cascade:)


  6. Nanka says:

    Neat introspection and a splendid showiness of winter grandeur seen in the magnificent picture. Chills down my spine when introspecting and confronting the truth.


  7. cosmoscami says:

    This was great.
    I really liked that the question was made a statement by the 4th stanza.


  8. nan says:

    I feel the definite chill of November in this inquiry. Will I be ready? Really, really good.


  9. ms pie says:

    takes one by surprise… sorta on the dark side of truth and unfulfilled dreams…. ouch, the sting!!…. amazing how such a beautiful portrait of white winter snow could hint of the hidden…. imagine


  10. shalmalee says:

    What a stunning image and your words make it more perfect 🙂


  11. hedgewitch says:

    Love winter and I’m always ready to hibernate, but then I have a brooding Scandinavian heritage…;) I liked the spare use of words in this one, and your accompanying photo is dazzling.


  12. chill of unlived dreams… sigh..
    what a nicely worded introspection, Victoria..


  13. Simply wonderful…I love the cascade, and i find myself reading this again and again. Kind of want to tack a copy up on my wall where I meditate…Thank you for sharing this introspection


  14. Jingle says:

    love the image,
    beautiful poem.


  15. Artswebshow says:

    Well spoke on account of the poem.
    And that image is awesome


  16. Cara Holman says:

    You captured winter’s chill, and the introspection that goes with it so well!


  17. Tumblewords says:

    Ah, I feel the cold and the hibernation urge. Beautiful!


  18. 1sojournal says:

    Wonderful cascade, incredible image to go with it. And I too, hibernate in winter and see it as introspection. Curling in on oneself, keeping the heat close, using that warmth to create even more.



  19. pamela says:

    Wow you did a fantastic job on this cascade.


  20. This was really very good….do we all feel this way in winter? (I know I do).


  21. I too wish to hibernate in winter months…



  22. trisha says:

    and i thought i was the only one who hibernated during winters, or longed to hibernate 🙂


  23. Well done and has a definite winter feel. Like it! 🙂


  24. *sigh… ahhhh. such a smooth flow and melodic feel. lovely penning poet! 🙂


  25. Christine says:

    Love the introspective nature of this piece, and the photo is stunning. It reminds me how beautiful winter can be!


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