by Swetha Sadanand
Come winter, her smile will lose its charm
Seemingly unhindered, she will go on her daily prowl unarmed
The fire of the angst accommodated within, an opportunity
Chills and shivers-temporary companions, not so distant the winter dream
Come winter, sleepless nights and tough days are bound to take a toll
Seemingly unhindered, she will walk on the trail set by her deadly foes
Her little ones, too little to know of her bravery
Countable are the days left until they join her quest to reach the winter dream
Come winter, she will fear for lives of her beloved and her own
Her struggles, not new to her kind yet better left unknown
How she survives and helps thrive are skills she will continue to teach
Till the time will come for her to hope that winter was only a scary dream
Swetha Sadanand is a writer from India. Her writing dream is to reach the level or go beyond that of the king of romances, Nicholas Sparks. Apart from being a part of her college webzine team, she is also a fortnightly-updating blogger at https://swethasadanand.wordpress.com/. Her main interest lies in novel-writing but she also enjoys writing poems, short stories and articles. Her poem ‘Mausoleum’ won the Exceptional poem award in the June 2016 issue of Writer’s Ezine and her short-story ‘The Downpour’ was published in the December 2016 issue of Writer’s Ezine. Thought process behind the poem: Winter, though beautiful, is a difficult time for many living beings because of the difficulty in overcoming the scarcity of food and surviving the intense cold. In the hunt for food, the head of the family, in this case, a mother (and a strong one at that) tries to traverse the dangerous trails in the forest where predators lurk in order to reach the winter dream-a stage where there is enough to feed her young ones and herself and outlive the harsh weather peacefully.
Pieces Inspired by this Image
'If I Didn’t Have Papa'
'A Lonely Road'
'Ezekiel the Elf'