W is for Wintry Days

Wintry, blustery days…remain a stranger to the shores of southern California. We never see snow, we never see ice, we never see crystallized car windshields.

Winter everywhere else:


Winter in California:


In other words, we’re a mess after a winter storm.


This past week, our lapse back into colder temperatures of 60-something degrees Fahrenheit had us all busting out the boots and coats. Well, at least I was. In honor of this unusual bout of cold weather, I’d like to take some time to consider what winter really means.

Wintry Days
A Short Poem about Winter (Obviously)

When breezes become biting gales
In every city far and near,
Nipping every reddened ear,
Tripping every tumbling leaf –
Reddened hues are cooled in white –
Yellow mold is hid from sight –
Dancing motes of short-lived snow
Awaken from their cloud abodes
Yearning for that winter bed
Soft upon the ground

Suppose this were to happen
On a LA winter morn, –
Californian sunshine rays would sooner
Attack with eyes ablaze! –
Little flecks of snow will all be razed.



2 thoughts on “W is for Wintry Days

  1. Jarrod C April 26, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Be thankful! There is a reason “Snow” is made up of the word “No!”

  2. D.A. Cairns April 27, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    We don’t get to see any snow here in the Illawarra region of New South Wales either. We’re heading into a winter which will probably see most of complaining about the cold temperatures (mid to low teens celsius) while all the way knowing how lovely and moderate the weather really is here.

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