Winter’s Eve & Teardrops

Love is not always constant.  And love is not always rainbows and blue skies.  Sometimes love is melancholy…

Thoughts on a Winter’s Eve

Like the silent snow
my thoughts seek yours.
From its frozen shell
my spirit mourns its mate.

Passion’s fire burns dim and cold,
and love’s first song stands mute
before my lonely citadel.

Seeking to possess,
I drive you from me.
Longing to give,
I am bound by frustration and despair.

A lonely touching
and silent parting.
Oh, that spirit could couple as
easily as flesh!



Raindrops – I’m counting the raindrops

and adding my teardrops to the rhythm

of the rain

outside my window and here by my window

I wait through the morning

that was meant to be our day.

Until the raindrops turned into my teardrops

and melted the love I thought I held

like summer raindrops.

I thought your love was true

as the sky of deepest blue.

But all it meant to you

was a game that quickly grew

into raindrops.

I’m counting the raindrops

and adding my teardrops to the rhythm,

to the rhythm

of the rain.

c.2011 Donna Swanson


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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8 Responses to Winter’s Eve & Teardrops

  1. Jingle says:

    amazing, the art images are timeless.
    Happy Potluck!

  2. I love the second stanza. This is really very stunning, I also wrote about the melancholy parts of love

  3. Thank you. The melancholy parts of love are not good to dwell on, but they are part of a dynamic love and should be expressed.

  4. Beautiful! Sad, but moving and touching. The yearning and failure seem to sidle up and sit beside me as I read. It kind of hurt, ya know…

    • dswan2 says:

      Thank you, Charles. You know, I never knew my poetry had any power until I heard it read by another. I wonder if all poets are like that. For me, the words just worked or they didn’t.

  5. thank you, Jamie.

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