I have been tired of the winter months for almost fifty years. I cringe at the thought of wearing heavy coats and thermal underclothes. When I first came to this part of the world, I was ecstatic that I would see snow, which I had never seen in my life before, and was so happy that I would wear a nice heavy coat and boots and gloves to keep the cold away.

Two days!

Two long days later, I was ready for my tropics and the weather from my land. How could humans live in such conditions? How to make winter go away. I knew within one year that I had no more power over it than a monkey swimming across the English Channel. (Please no body tell me that it has been done!)

How do I get rid of the blues of winter?

Last year I took off to central Florida and escaped the winter. I listened to the ocean waves all day long and all night long. Walked on the beach every single day. That was heaven indeed.


How To— NPM #5.

How to get rid of this feeling of tiredness, brought on by
the onslaught of winter? All around me consider me to be
a torture, β€˜coz I complain all the time.

Just look at this landscape. How do I make things green again?
Nothing grows here. I lack clarity. My words, all knotted up
remind me of the gnarled and naked branches on the black trees.

How to cure bad weather? Wish you were here. The trees
and grass would look greener. I am beginning to have bad habits
complaining and whining. How to get rid of these bad habits?

Send me back to you! Away from winter!


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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33 Responses to HOW TO—

  1. slmret says:

    The peoples of the far north have, over time, developed diversions in the form of celebrations, community games (the “skin toss,” for example, in which one person stands on a dried animal skin and is tossed as high as possible — the highest and longest standing wins), music and community support to fight winter. It affects everybody!

    • I have a funny feeling if they toss me, they would quickly pull away the skin and watch me fall flat on the ground. Sort of like Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown just as he is about to kick it.

      • slmret says:

        Haha! You wouldn’t have to be tossed! But even the little kids get onto the skins — they’re tossed lightly, but they learn for the future!

      • Zakiah says:

        I did it again Matt. I replied to Janet’s comment but got the ‘reply’ box for your comment. I love your comment. That’s what I was telling Janet, about visualizing me being tossed. You said it better. Yeah, the Charlie Brown/ Lucy act comes to mind.

    • Zakiah says:

      Fun! Can you see me being tossed up? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      Janet, I posted my response in Matt’s reply box. I think that box just crept up on me. But I agree with Matt. They would need a team of giants to toss me up in the air, even though it would be a lot of fun, but I cannot see myself being tossed.

  2. I’ve never known anything but the cold. However it makes me appreciate the warm lovely days even more. ❀

  3. You may have to make another winter get away. We still have a bit of snow on the ground but it’s melting away. I might buy some flowers tomorrow and brighten up my condo. My orchids have been blooming but I need more flowers.

  4. Zakiah you got comments that put a smile on your face . Tossing in the air: here is a pleasant and warming game !!:) And you are asked to chirp like a bird! πŸ™‚
    Love ❀

    • Zakiah says:

      That’s lovely Michel. My grandson and I used to stand in the yard in previous springs and imitate the cardinals and the turtle doves. πŸ™‚
      Love ❀

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Winter sure keep teasing us

  6. kaylar says:

    Hugs, Dr. Z. Wish there was a fund, just for moving people to the locales they prefer. Summer is coming….

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you dear Michel for the link. I did see that and left a comment on the post. I used to play the sitar when I was young. I still do, though not as well as I used to. I used to play at the college functions without my parents’ knowledge. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  7. Yes, winter can be blah-y and bring on the blahs.
    I try to surround myself with lots of light and indoor plants and flowers and hot drinks, etc., in the Winter. Okay, and I, also, think about hot men…that warms me up quick!!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› HA! πŸ˜€

    I hope you find ways to bring summer into winter!

    Oh, here’s a poem I wrote and want to give to you today…

    Like a crocus
    she pushes up
    Through the snow
    To feel the sun
    On her face
    Survived another winter.

    It touches on the fact that many people face SAD in the dark winter months…but, it is always my hope and prayer that they can push though the blues of winter and enjoy the sun in spring!

    Florida-HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  8. It’s crazy weather here–cooler—then warmer..just teasing us. lol.
    I love all season though for different reasons. I love snow..I love snuggling under blankets and fleece PJ’s. πŸ˜‰ I also love the warmth of summer and if I lived near an ocean I’d go every day just to hear the waves πŸ˜‰ Spring brings new life–new growth and lovely winds. Fall comes in with lovely colors and crisp nights.
    I hope it warms in your area soon. Warm HUGS and lots of love.

  9. I’m not really into the winter myself. I don’t mind the cold unless it gets really cold. And I don’t like the snow. We’ve had some warm days here, but it’s back to being cold again. I can’t wait for it to get warm and stay warm.

  10. marica0701 says:

    I like winter as I really dislike heat/summer, but even now I’m just wishing the cold and snow would finally go away for good and not return until November. In NE Ohio we got about 5″ of snow over Friday night. It’s just not right for mid-April!!

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