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For Those Who Endure Midwest Winters
Cristina M. R. Norcross


Drink it in

sloping shadows of the sun

skim the placid surface of the lake,

like the long-legged, blue heron.


Embrace the warm blowing winds,

that throw dust into somersaults

before the big storm arrives

humid air caressing skin with warmth.


Allow the scent of green

to wake you up to the day

freshly cut blades of dew-kissed grass

and that sharp, honest sting of earth.


Listen closely to the music of the trees.

Each branch offers a different, feathered soloist.

While filling your head with love

the air fills with waves of song.


After pulling off the cloak of winter,

you deserve this.

Drink it in.


From The Lava Storyteller (Red Mare Press,2013).
Used with the author’s permission.

Cristina M. R. Norcross lives in Wisconsin with her husband, their two sons, and a cat who loves to sleep on a warm, humming computer. Cristina is the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review ( and the author of seven poetry collections. When not writing or editing, she travels to distant lands and designs jewelry from found treasures. Learn more about Cristina at



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I'm anxious to get into the honest scent of earth. A lovely poem after a long winter.
Posted 03/31/2014 07:09 AM
I loved the dusty somersaults very evocative. Loved it
Posted 03/30/2014 12:51 PM
Richard Greene:
Without winter there'd be no spring.
Posted 03/30/2014 12:09 PM
Lovely. Drink it in.
Posted 03/30/2014 10:55 AM
Very nice, Cristina--now if we could only experience this soon.
Posted 03/30/2014 09:15 AM
Yes, Cristina!Thank you for this lovely gift of a poem.
Posted 03/30/2014 07:03 AM

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