By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
Over the centuries, great men (and I trust women) of letters have been inspired by nature, the seasons and the elements to craft verse and fiction. One reason perhaps: There was not much else to do before Facebook, Instagram and Twitter except look out the window and chronicle what was taking place outside.
Following a walk home tonight in 9-degree weather and biting winds, I’ve spent the last several minutes trying to write a poem about this brutish, seemingly unceasing, possibly record-setting winter of 2013-14.
Perhaps an ode, defined as a lyrical stanza comprised of three major parts, is the thing. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
Cold and snow
Wind and frost
We’ve had enough
So please get lost
Three months have past
You’ve worn us down
Dirty, dirty snow
Melt into the ground
Will warm weather be near?
Will the outside beckon,
To enjoy a cold beer
Although I was an English major, it’s apparent poetry is not my strongest skill from a literary perspective. But, I am proud of my accomplishments in the public relations arena and as a blogger. So, I’ve decided to switch gears and offer some thoughts and images on positive aspects related to the winter that (seemingly) won’t end.
So there. My ode to winter in verse and images. Winter will end someday, but not anytime soon, as the weekend forecast calls for continued below normal temperatures and the possibility of snow — perhaps a lot.
That’s okay with me. I’ll spend the time writing an ode to spring.
Want more “winter” thoughts from the PRDude?
- This January post offers some insight on what takes place in my home town of Chicago after a polar vortex pays a visit.
- In December of 2011, I paid a visit to Wisconsin and posted this travelog.
- And, “random thoughts” and some images taken during the famous Chicago “Groundhog Day” blizzard of 2011.