TRIUMPH OF SPIRIT IN LOVE, NATURE & ART

The Secrets of Winter

DSCN3570_edited-3Sweet winter melancholy

assuages my soul

with its

bare branches 

reaching Godwards

and 

its subdued light

speaks of the Almighty

in silent whispers

that are drowned out by sunlight

and the mania of summer.

37 responses

  1. I’m so happy to have your wonderful poems back, Ellen. Beautiful photo like an acquarel and wonderful words, a typical Moonside post, warm regards Mitza

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    January 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    • Hi, Mitza, thanks so much for the welcome back. Just started a new medication. Maybe it will be good. Hope you are better. Warmest regards, Ellen

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      January 21, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      • thanks, Ellen, I’m a it better and hope that your new medication will help you, have a wonderful day, regards Mitza

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        January 22, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      • Glad to hear you’re better, even if just a little. Not that I expect an answer right away but I hope you received my last email after our exchange. Hugs, Ellen

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        January 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      • Yes, I received it, Ellen, thanks a lot. Will answer next week as I have so much work for my fleamarket tomorrow. It snowed today and is ugly outside. Hope you have a wonderful week-end and feel better soon, both of your, warmest regards Mitza

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        January 24, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      • Thanks, Mitza, recuping on a snowy, chill day. Good luck on the flea market tomorrow. Hope you are better! Take good care, Ellen

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        January 24, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      • Thanks Ellen, just came home, very tired. Was very icy and slippery this morning but now everything is melting. Will write soon, warm regards Mitza

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        January 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      • Hope it went well. We are supposed to get a blizzard tomorrow and Tues. I can’t go out anyhow because still too sick. I got worse instead of better. My husband is better though not out of the woods yet. Stay well, Ellen

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        January 25, 2015 at 3:14 PM

  2. I do like your misty photographs, Ellen, and I like this poem too. It sounds like you’re feeling a bit better. I hope you do. x o x

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    January 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    • Boy, are you sharp!! I had just taken my first trial dose of Lithium Orotate this morning and a little later I wrote the poem. So, yes, I am feeling better. We’ll see how it goes. Still have to withdraw from the final half dose of the poison they had me on. Hope you are doing well!! It seems like you are. Your work has been great! Thanks for writing. xx ellen

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      January 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      • 🙂 Glad to hear that you’re doing well, Ellen. It’s such a trial changing meds.
        Thanks for the kind words about my recent work. I sure am a whole lot happier and more relaxed since I moved into my lovely little flat. x x

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        January 21, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      • I am very happy for you, Ashley. Having a good home is so important!

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        January 21, 2015 at 6:05 PM

  3. What a nice effect, and like:

    “its subdued light

    speaks of the Almighty

    in silent whispers

    that are drowned out by sunlight

    and the mania of summer.”

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    January 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    • Thank you, Maria! And thanks for the article which I read and don’t know what to think about it. Will comment further on that post. Best, Ellen

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      January 21, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      • To tell you the truth, I don’t know what to think of it either, maybe I even sent you the wrong one. What I do think is that they don’t have it figured out yet, and since it’s okay for women to be shy, they let it slide for quite a long time. They tend to think it’s “normal” for women to be shy and clumsy, because after all, they are women. So it goes unnoticed.

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        January 21, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      • I think you hit the nail on the head. Women slip under the radar as I did by being very quiet and unproblematic– maybe until adulthood. Teachers asked me why I was so withdrawn but I sure as hell didn’t know the answer to that and they never thought to talk to my parents or get me help because I was not a trouble maker in school. Sound familiar to you? Was that your experience?

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        January 21, 2015 at 6:04 PM

      • I was extremely clumsy, didn’t speak until I was 5 ( but when I spoke I spoke well), that’s when they thought I had hearing problems. Then, instead of playing with dolls, I had a compulsion for collecting things and I had to learn the names and details for everything, namely in the science field.

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        January 21, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      • You were probably way ahead of all the other girls your age. In a different world.

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        January 21, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      • After I learned all the names, and classified everything, I went on to something else. I was bullied since very young, I was a magnet for being bullied.

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        January 21, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      • I am so sorry… I was bullied with words.

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        January 21, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      • Thanks for speaking with me tonight and for being the great artist that you are. You are helping many.

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        January 21, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      • Maria, thank YOU for sharing so much with me. And thank you for the very generous words. Sometimes I feel like quitting. Comments like yours encourage me to go on. I hope one day you might share your story.

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        January 22, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      • Ellen, I’m too shy to do that publicly, it could seem as if I were trying to draw attention to myself or gain sympathy. Plus, I’m also depressed which could make things worst. But how wonderful, to see you with a book out, beautiful artwork, and career fulfillment. Don’t quit on being a spokesperson about this condition, you’re providing many readers an outlet with just this website. In fact, I’ve said it here for the first time, in public.

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        January 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      • Oh, from your blog I would not think you shy. And besides, I am much older than you are, I think, and one loses some shyness as one ages. I am so glad you find my blog an outlook. Thank you for your encouragement. You have such a professional looking blog and educational, too. Warmest wishes, Ellen

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        January 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

  4. Glorious!

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    January 21, 2015 at 2:17 PM

  5. Lovely both!

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    January 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM

  6. Thank you, Richard!

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    January 21, 2015 at 5:58 PM

  7. Love the art and the poem. Stunning. Beautiful.

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    January 21, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    • Thank you so much, Kitt!! Are you and hubby well now?

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      January 23, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      • Husband is home sick with sinus infection. Son is back to school, but taking meds for sinus infection. I’m holding down the fort. Stomachs are not well. Just a long-lingering gurgling not copacetic virus attacking our digestive systems. Our internist told my husband that the stomach/intestinal distress was the stomach flu (still). I haven’t bothered going to the doctor. I have a virus. No kidding. Don’t have sinus infection. At least, not that I’m aware of… Anyway that’s way more information than I should be sharing…

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        January 23, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      • I am sorry to hear all this. Are you holding down the fort sick or well? My husband is still home from work and I was holding down the fort pretty well until I succumbed a few days ago. It really is debilitating. Maybe a doctor’s visit is in order. Take care and hope we all are soon well again after all this illness!

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        January 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      • Physically I’m on the mend, but since my interview with NAMI on Thursday about volunteer opportunities I’ve been hypomanic – so easily overstimulated.

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        January 25, 2015 at 6:32 PM

  8. Geneviève

    Love the poem and photo, both are rich with metaphorical meaning, my favourite kind… metaphors, they capture the imagination and paint a picture in the mind and heart.

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    January 24, 2015 at 5:44 AM

  9. Dear Ellen,

    I like winter too – the nature has a rest, insects have a long sleep, no buzzing in the air – everything so silent and still – so still that my own thoughts seems to be noisy – I love winter as it inspires me a lot.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you are fine
    All good wishes
    Didi

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    March 9, 2017 at 12:33 PM

  10. A fellow winter lover. Ah! Thank you for visiting so much and for your loving comments. Hope you are well. xx ellen

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    March 9, 2017 at 4:19 PM

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