The weather man said that the snow would be done by last night and today there will be only a few flurries. Well guess what? The flurries were chunky and the roads were so slick. Had to go to the Ophthalmologist, and he dilated my eyes. Driving back with the dilated eyes, slick roads and and snow falling continuously, I was wondering why I was living in the Midwest. I know, I know you have heard me gripe about this before. But I have licenses to practice in California and Hawaii. Why the heck did I not go there? Oh pffftt! I am so tired of seeing the mounds and mounds of snow, which look amazing from inside the house… but it is so brutally cold and I want warmth and sunshine and blue skies.

Therefore I decided I would post some flowers from my garden and pretend that they just bloomed today. Just have to see color. Go ahead, you may yawn if you so wish.

  • I had written this a few years back. I was going through some of my work and came across this verse–poem, and decided to post it. Some of you may remember it from Xanga, (if you really cared to remember what I write, that is!)
  • I saw a WWII veteran today, and wondered
    how this lean and wiry man had filled the entire room
    with his presence.
    His gaunt and stooped figure, with eyes that were blue
    like robin’s eggs, but “seemed” vacant and rheumy
    penetrated the space
  • as if they knew so much more than I did.. The gaze at my face telling me β€œI have seen you,
    in other corners Β of the world, and comprehend
    the mysteries of a different and distant land.
  • His faded denim shirt hung loose from his shoulders
    but told stories of how he once filled it
    with strength and power and pride.
  • ZSA.

That’s all. Just wanted some color!

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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27 Responses to Winter

  1. murisopsis says:

    Your garden is always so beautiful! I can’t wait until spring. I didn’t remember this one but it is so keen an observation – seeing what is and what was in the same space! You really captured the power of personality!!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you dearest Val. You have such an amazing way with words yourself, so, praise coming from you makes me sit up straight.
      Hope the weather improves, and the garden starts blooming.

  2. slmret says:

    You found some beautiful color in your archives! I hope it warms up soon for you — we have temps in the 60’s today, warming up to mid 70’s next week! Driving with dilated eyes can be pretty awful here too — I tried it a couple of weeks ago, and the sun really burned the eyes, even through dark glasses!

    • Zakiah says:

      I did. And there are lots more where they came from. Yes, I hear your days are cooler and the nights are cold too. It gets dark so quickly here, therefore i didn’t think i would have problem with the sun while driving. (It was so cloudy and gloomy here anyway) But the lights from the cars on the opposite side of the road were bothersome.

  3. When I opened this entry, I saw bright flowers and green grass. I couldn’t believe the magic powers you possess.

    Your garden always grace us with their beauty. And you always grace us with your poetry. That was a beautiful tribute to the soldier.

    Stay safe and warm. Be careful if you go out….. or I’ll just keep nagging you.

    Take care! *hugs*

    • Zakiah says:

      You made me so happy with your comment dear Mattie. I am just so overwhelmed with the tons of snow we have here. But today the sun was out, bright and shining, and the roads look easier to navigate on. I didn’t get out though. Thank you for loving my flowers and my garden, love.
      So glad you liked the poem. You take care of yourself also Mattie. Loving thoughts are with you always. I will be careful. You and Sayeed, just so alike in telling me what to do and how to stay warm and take care of myself. Thank you.
      Love you so much Matt.

  4. Tree says:

    Thank you for the colors. We have had a lot of snow here, too, and I am looking forward to getting a garden going in the spring.

    • Zakiah says:

      Fortunately, the sun has started shining again, and the temperatures don’t feel half as bad as they did when the days were cloudy. I hear next week we will have temps in the 30s. Praise the Lord!
      So glad to know that you will be having a garden in spring. I enjoy mine so much. Vegetables and flowers. Hope your garden blooms very well with everything you enjoy and love.

    • Zakiah says:

      Hope you will start writing/posting on WP about some of the things you do and about the BABY! I went to your page, and saw that you hadn’t written anything since November.
      Take care and lots of love to you and the baby.

  5. whyzat says:

    Oh, it’s nice to be reminded of summer! I can’t wait to start gardening again. I already have my seeds!

    • Zakiah says:

      yess! I keep looking at the photos from all the springs and summers past, and revel in their beauty. Please share the photos of your garden with us here. I would love to see what you grow.

  6. kim says:

    Gah, re you driving yourself, in those conditions.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely color AND that wonderful poem. As Val says, you captured his portrait, beautifully.

    • Zakiah says:

      Val is a genius with words, and sometimes i feel so humbled when she talks about me. Thank you Kim for liking the poem and for the empathy of me driving in horrible conditions.

  7. mrswrangler says:

    Beautiful flowers to give us hope of warmer times. I have some interesting snow photos that I took back in January that I have not edited or shared because I am over winter. Sometime when it warms up I will get them together.

  8. Awful to have to drive with dilated eyes.
    We haven’t had snow here where I live except flurries all year. I’d love a good snow but at the moment no energy to enjoy it.
    The flowers are beautiful.

    • Zakiah says:

      I know right? And they don’t feel good until several hours later. Take care of yourself. A big snow means a big headache with spells of intensely cold temperatures.

  9. cjjustice1 says:

    I love seeing your beautiful, colorful flowers, Zakiah. Thank you for sharing them!
    I do remember that poem. I always enjoy reading your poems – first on Xanga, then
    in your two books that I own, and now on WordPress. πŸ™‚ You are one talented lady!
    Stay warm!

  10. Beautiful!!! πŸ™‚ Makes a cold Feb night warmer! πŸ™‚
    I do remember that poem from Xanga! It still touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes. A powerful message.
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Carolyn. You have an amazing memory. I am glad you like the colors. You probably have balmy weather, but for almost two weeks we have had brutal Icelandic weather. Fortunately the temperatures are improving, and the roads are cleared out.

      • That particular poem of yours touched me the first time I read it…and still touches my heart today. I’ve learned so much, in my life, from well-seasoned people who have experienced things/had to do things most of us will never have to. I am forever thankful for them. πŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Carolyn. You have made me feel so good by your words. You are always so encouraging and so positive. Love you ❀ ❀ <3.

  11. Rupali says:

    Hope all is fine with your eyes now. We do not have snow recently and the temperature is above zero degrees but in a week or two we are expected to go back to default winter setting and well below zero.

    The poem is touching and could visualise. Thank you so much for sharing these colourful and cheerful flowers. They show your love for plants and the garden. A delight to eyes 😍

    πŸ™ Take care.

  12. Love both the writing and flowers! Warming up any?

    • Zakiah says:

      yeah, actually this whole week has been rather balmy. And I think next week is not going to be very bad either. March will be here, so hopefully we have passed the brutal temperatures and the killer snow and ice.

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