by Dr M C Gupta
Winters in various stages of life.
|WINTERS OF LIFE: a sonnet—Award winner |
When winter comes and snow is all around,
It casts a spell in ways quite different.
Children enjoy playing in icy ground;
For them winter is an event transient.
The young find warmth in each other’s embrace,
As they savour choicest whisky and wine.
For them winter has a beautiful face;
They truly make merry and dance and dine.
The old are the ones for whom winter brings
A cold and bitter message that is sure.
A stark truth in their mind bitterly rings:
“In old age winter is hard to endure.
You have seen many a spring and summer.
But winter, you are just meant to suffer”.
• Awarded honorable mention prize in The Bard's Hall Contest "The Bard's Hall Contest"
• Initially written as entry no. 401074 in the book POEMS ABOUT AGEING, "POEMS ABOUT AGEING" . Posted as independent item on 5 March 2008.
M C Gupta
21 January 2006