Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winter Warnings - A One Shot

A soft focus enveloped the city
with the illusion of a gel covered lens.
A smoky shroud obscured structures,
leaving the tallest of lights hanging
as misty glowing orbs in the sky.
The cold steam released a shiver
to penetrate
even the most heavily bundled.
It was at once
a beautiful mystery to behold
and an ominous warning
of harsher days ahead.
While the distorted radiance
of a rainbow of lights
cast no shadow,
it was still an announcement
of winter’s looming imminence.
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28 comments:

Steve said...

Solid work, good imagery.

Whitesnake said...

Yep!
It was a good one!

Autumnforest said...

Beautiful. I miss winter so much. I haven't been in it since I visited Michigan 15 years ago! I hope Portland at least gets chilly. I can't wait!

Titanium said...

I could actually SEE this, MM. No, really! I looked out the window and it seemed to mirror the words you've written. Uncanny.

Excellent One Shot.

Matty said...

You say it so gracefully. But no matter, I hate the cold weather that winter brings. BRRRRRRR

Me said...

Hmmm...I don't think I'd mind so much if it was just like this, all the time.

This is quite lovely, MM. And I hate winter, so kudos to you for getting me with this one. :)
-C

razzamadazzle said...

I hate to think of winter's coming, but you make it seem somewhat beautiful even though I'm not ready to freeze my butt off yet.

Teresa

gautami tripathy said...

I love winters and this is so beautiful...

forgone and forgotten

g-man said...

Awwww...
Seasons change.
Winter does have a strange raging/silent beauty.
Great Job Brother....G

Beachanny said...

I like all the imagery of winter and every so often like to experience it. Through your words may be best. Well written, thanks Gay @beachanny

Caty said...

yep winter's almost here. Your brilliant writing reminded me why I dread it's return...

moondustwriter said...

distorted radiance - what a great view thru the lens MM
You really cast a shadow on this One shot

Moon smiles

kkrige said...

I like foggy days and this put me in mind of the silent mystery of them.

TALON said...

We've had some foggy mornings that have just changed ordinary to extraordinary. I bundled up and had to head out early to photograph it and it felt like you say:

"The cold stream released a shiver
to penetrate
even the most heavily bundled."

What a wonderful piece of writing.

Enchanted Oak said...

I came, I saw, I retreated to Cal.

Cloudia said...

You paint a realistic early winters night in da city.



Brrrr!



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Dianne said...

this is aluring poetry.
assonance/conssonance I cant resist: " smoky shroud obscured structures"

I see what you see.
Di

budh.aaah said...

And yet I wait for winter all year long

amritaghosh said...

lovely piece of writing and piercing imagery...'The cold steam released a shiver to penetrate
even the most heavily bundled.' i like!

Susannah said...

I loved the images you conjured with this lovely piece of writing, just wonderful.

Gabriela Abalo said...

awesome welcome to winter!

Brian Miller said...

wonderful imagery monkey...clinging to the last little bit of fall here this morning....

cianphelan said...

Strong, well-delivered word choice that forms potent imagery and description. Enchanting piece as the winter encroaches...not long now.

Shashi said...

A great picture of winter's coming... I enjoyed it so much...
Thanks for sharing...

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repressedsoul said...

I loved the imagary you used here. I'm one of these winter lovers always opting for layers instead of the bikini! Excellent penmanship monkeyman ;)


Shan

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Claudia said...

i loved the soft focus...the gel covered lense..great imagery!

Pete Marshall said...

we just had a real pea souper yesterday morning...your wonderful verse made me think of this right away...great share pete

Marla said...

Wonderful