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Winter Guards
Marilyn Zelke Windau


Cool is the whisper
of white,
of whisker snow
so chinchilla-fur soft,
it is imagined on my cheek,
rosy, as inside I guard 
the windows of warmth,
the fireplace sparks,
in plaid-quilted comfort.
Outside, without lap-robes,
hosta stems stand at attention,
wrapped in albino coats.
They still the walkway,
freeze dry moments in linear pattern.
Stems sworded against blizzard skies,
they remain stalwart in cold resolve.
Like unsmiling Beefeaters,
they regard winter 
with respectful duty
as I salute them with sangfroid
from my cozy fort.

© by Marilyn Zelke-Windau.
Used with the author’s permission.

Marilyn Zelke Windau, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, started writing poems at age thirteen. A former art teacher, she has had five books of poetry published: Adventures in Paradise, Momentary Ordinary, Owning Shadows, Hiccups Haunt Wilson Avenue, and Beneath The Southern Crux. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her award-winning work can be found in many journals and anthologies. Marilyn includes her maiden name to honor her father, who was also a writer. When she's not writing, Marilyn works at restoring her 1891 house and creates mosaics, paintings, and books made with tea papers. A Master Gardener volunteer and an art center docent, she is married to a retired environmental engineer, has three daughters, and three grandchildren.


Post New Comment:
"Cool is the whisper of white" -- great beginning! Phyllis
Posted 01/30/2012 10:34 AM
Georgia Ressmeyer: You almost have me wishing for more snow, Marilyn, so I can den up in my own cozy fort and listen to the "whisper ... of whisker snow." Thanks!
Posted 01/30/2012 09:16 AM
magnificent imagery!Great poem! I am glad to be inside as well.
Posted 01/30/2012 08:12 AM
the first few lines of this poem are so delicious i read them over and over... a lovely poem. And oh Marilyn, I am jealous also of your year old golden retriever...what fun
Posted 01/30/2012 08:04 AM
Kay Sanders:
"Cool is the whisper of white," -- I love it, both the sound and the image!
Posted 01/30/2012 07:21 AM
Maryann Hurtt:
Great sounds...makes me feel the snow.
Posted 01/30/2012 06:32 AM

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