Kate Nemec ’23: “Winter-Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Winter-Time” is a beautiful, nostalgic winter poem that reminds me much of my childhood and the whimsical sights of snow coating the driveway on a frosty morning,” Kate said. “The poem provokes the feelings, sights, and smells associated with powdery snow days around the holidays. I cannot help but reminisce the utopic snowy landscapes in which my siblings and I made snow angels and went sledding. I enjoy this poem during the holiday season especially, as it is lighthearted, which couples nicely with the euphoric spirits of Christmas, despite the shorter days and ice-cold nights.”
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.
Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;
And shivering in my nakedness,
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.
Close by the jolly fire I sit
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore
The colder countries round the door.
When to go out, my nurse doth wrap
Me in my comforter and cap;
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.
Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.
Featured Image by Gabrielle Wheeler ’23