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Now Is the Winter
Betsy Mars


Now is the time
for hibernation,
now is the time
for rest with sealed eyes
I face the dark, with stomach full,
I digest all the seasons that came before,
all that are yet to come,
I lie down on the cool cave floor
and to the shadows,
I succumb.

by Betsy Mars.
Used with the author's permission.

Betsy Mars is an avid traveler, animal lover, and poet, in a constant struggle with time, money, and stray fur. She currently works as a substitute teacher and test proctor, trying (“unsuccessfully,” she laments) to achieve some kind of life balance. Betsy’s chapbook, Alinea, was recently published by Picture Show Press. Learn more about  her at




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Robert Walton:
This poem feels like an embrace, especially your ending lines.
Posted 12/22/2019 02:27 PM
Wonderful poem! So perfect for this time of year with reflecting, digesting what has come before, to go inside one's self for peace.
Posted 12/21/2019 06:18 PM
barbara eknoian:
Nice for the holidays.
Posted 12/21/2019 04:55 PM
@barbsteff, it was written last winter as I was reflecting on life, about to turn 60, so it was more of a metaphorical cave, wanting to withdraw, retreat for awhile. Plus I'd been observing my tortoise. Thank you to all for the kind comments.
Posted 12/21/2019 02:30 PM
I am ready to succomb to the shadows tonight! Good poem.
Posted 12/21/2019 02:12 PM
We've been having winter weather since before Halloween, so I take this with a grain of salt. Solstice duly noted. Why would an animal (bear, I presume) snuggle up on a cool cave floor?
Posted 12/21/2019 01:01 PM
perfect poem for the day.
Posted 12/21/2019 12:16 PM
Tonight is the longest night of the year.
Posted 12/21/2019 09:21 AM
Very nice piece. Brought a smile to my face and a nice start to my day. Thank you. Randy
Posted 12/21/2019 08:53 AM
michael escoubas:
Superbly crafted poem, Betsy. Thank you!
Posted 12/21/2019 08:10 AM

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