The winter light shines on the marsh
And sentinels of the scene,
Float around and hungrily feed,
There is no time to preen.
All along the winter way
The scad* of snow prevails,
But we walk leisurely ahead
It is a perfect trail.
Animals along the way
Greet us as we go,
Hoarding up their winter stock
Before the wind does blow.
Squirrels, blue jays and the like
Are busy as can be.
Chickadees around here abound and
A nuthatch leaves the tree.
The animals don’t realize
Another year is through
They go about their merry way
Unlike me and you.
No worries here along the trail
Survival is the key
No concern for peace on earth
It’s peaceful here you see.
What do I wish for one and all
In the hope of a new year?
Peace of mind and peace on earth,
Going forward without fear.
*Scad is a thin layer of snow on the ground, according to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.
Happy New Year! A beautiful poem and I love how the blue jay is all fluffed out to keep warm.
I was watching the Marilyn Denis show the other day and it was all about showcasing PEI as a tourist destination in the summer. Lots of fun!
Lovely poetry. The squirrel is a cutie pie.
Happy New Year to you.
What a lovely post, I love the poem and all the photos.
I wish you and yours all the best in 2023, a happy and healthy New Year!
Happy New Year Marie!
Excellent illustrated poem. Well done on both counts.
Happy New Year
Absolutely beautiful, Marie. And the same to you. x
Thank you for sharing this incredibly beautiful walk. I echo your wishes. Fervently.
Delightful poem with so much truth.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Love the close ups of the sweet birds too.
Lovely post! Happy and healthy New Year!
Delightful Words To Ponder Through The 2023 Calendar Year - A Very Happy Merry New Years Eve
A very soothing poem!!
Happy New Year, Marie!
What a beautiful post. I love the way you combined your poetry with the photos! It has just been a real pleasure to follow your blog this year. Thanks, Marie, for sharing your blog. Best wishes to you and yours for 2023! John
A perfect ending for the conclusion of this year. Happy New Year to you both!
That's a fine poem and a fine sentiment. And the jay photo is absolutely hilarious - you are an amazing photographer.
Well done! Happy New Year Marie!
Happy New Year Marie! All the best to you and yours in 2023.
Nice poem to mark the end of the year and contrast peace in nature but little peace with man. Happy New Year.
such a beautiful poem with delightful images to go along!! the picture of the nuthatch is amazing!! happy new year marie, may it be filled with plenty of wildlife, picnics, bike rides and no falls!!
Happy New Year! I hope 2023 will be a really good one for you.
Love your poem and the way you have matched it to your photos. Very special :) xx
wow all that snow. amazing to think how different the weather is here - hot and humid and a bit rainy. Happy new year to you!
Very creatively done, Marie. All the very best to you and Rick for 2023. With luck we will see you this summer.
What a wonderful treat this post is, and it reminds me once again how much texture and pleasure my virtual friends, like you, add to my existence. Happy new year, dear friend!
Happy New Year! Looking forward to sharing more here in Blogland in 2023!
Best to you in 2023
Coffee is on and stay safe
Beautiful words with beautiful images. Happy New Year.
Beautiful post. The poem is perfect with your photos and it is perfect for now. Thank you, Marie, and happy new year. Let's hope 2023 is a great year for all of us.
Gorgeous photos and words. Thank you.
Gorgeous. Thank you.
Blogger keeps giving me error messages when I try to leave comments, your post is beautiful. Thank you.
A wonderful welcome to the New Year, Marie. Thank you
May your year ahead be filled with the peace you wish for the world and
many more exceptional moments, enjoying the beauty of PEI's natural world.
I enjoyed every hinterland photo that you shared and your beautiful poetry to accompany it. Best wishes for a wonderful 2023. Happy New Year
Lovely, Dear One....
Beautiful photos and words.
A very Happy New Year to you. May it be a healthy and happy year.
Wonderful photos... wonderful words. Many Thanks.
Be hugged I wish you a happy and healthy 2023. Hugs from Viola
A beautiful post to start the year
Such a lovely, tranquil verse, Marie. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Though winter restrictions captivate the body but I can see how high fly your soul to explore the magic of nature :)
This poem is divine and touching. I loved it!!!
Images go beautifully with your poetry!
Ahh it is such a delight to visit your blog!Beautiful poem and photoes!
All good to you Happy New Year 2023
What a sweet little poem!
No worries, peace of mind and peace on earth that's what I wish for us in the new year 2023.
I went back and looked at your photos again, I bet each of the woodland creatures get excited anytime they see a human walking down the path. I wonder if they recognize individual people.
i miss seeing an update. you said it has been gloomy and that makes it so hard to get good pictures. i have been sharing mine anyway, i am so happy to get out and the camera feels great in my hands!!
i enjoyed looking at these pictures again, i always see something different, second time around!! enjoy your weekend!!
I like the word 'scad' - but we dont get enough snow here for it even to be a scad!
Great, great photos! I just love that little bird with a blue head :)
Best wishes for a happy & healthy 2023!
I love the poem! And that close-up of the bird is brilliant.
How fabulous in vision and verb, Marie, as we enter the New Year!
I love your poetry and your beautiful photos. Have a happy new year.
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