winter scene at night time with snow and trees

A poem – Winter Sleep . . .

Here is a poem that I wrote a few years ago when the creative energy began flowing into my life, in abundance. Many nights I would wake up at silly-o-clock with words tumbling through my mind looking for an outlet. So, I kept a notebook and pen beside my bed – the only way I could get any sleep was to set the words free onto paper! Many a poem was written at 3 or 4 AM!

This poem is about Winter and the strong urge that many of us feel to rest or hibernate as soon as the nights draw in.

Winter Sleep

As nights draw in and cold returns

Fallen logs are stored to burn

Creatures gather food to keep

As they prepare for winter sleep

Children curl up in a chair

Holding onto teddy bears 

Parents cuddle on the sofa

Wanting winter to be over

Others rush, their lives are frantic

Wishing for a book and blanket

Some prefer to hibernate

To rest or sleep, or just to wait

As the leaves turn brown and fall

The winter sleep comes to us all

The inclination is to rest

And build a warm and cosy nest

So, don’t give in to strife and stress

Heed your soul for it knows best.


We may fight the urge to rest, and instead favour time spent Christmas shopping and partying, but life is all about finding balance. The long, dark nights of Winter give us a gift: space to think and time to rest. I for one, love to draw the curtains and close myself off from the busy world, snuggle up in a blanket and watch a heart warming movie.

I hope you all enjoy this magical time of year, whatever your beliefs, and remember to set aside time for YOU.

Check out my DIY Christmas Tree Decorations!

Love and peace

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