Being in Winter


How higher they be
than me
for they know how
to just Be


in the present
in the Silence
so profound in winter
but in the forever now

I look fearfully ahead
towards a future of endings
and losses
of attachments
acquired over the years
none more strong
than our love

I used to know

how to just be
like a tree
when very young
now I seek to Be
as I was in youth

in rapture
not just in nature
but always
as the sheep
in the deep
of winter.

10 responses

  1. I look out from my home to a scene almost identical to the one in the photograph Ellen. And yes, there are sheep there currently which I stopped and gazed at today for some time wondering all the while what their minds were like. A wonderful little coincidence. H ❤

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    February 5, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    • Dear Hariod, How very wonderful to look out you window and see such a scene from your home. This picture is from upstate New York where we have a little barn to escape from New York City. But this farm is now gone– or rather the sheep are gone. What a wonderful synchronicity to be gazing at them and thinking similar thoughts about the consciousness of sheep. I am honored to be in your company!! xx ellen

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      February 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM

  2. Beautiful. I wonder, though, if they only live in the moment – to what extent other animals know that they are going to slaughter or to be sheared inhumanely. That said, lovely photo and poem.

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    February 5, 2015 at 5:14 PM

  3. Thank you, Kitt. I DO think animals feel fear when about to be slaughtered or shorn in humanely but do not think that means they are not in the now. I think they can sense danger in the present. And certainly if they are witnessing fellow creatures suffering or being slaughtered. The famous autistic, Temple Grandin, sort of proved this in thinking like a cow and designing shutes cattle walk through so they don’t know they are going to slaughter. That is until they reach their destination and these chutes are used today because they do keep the cattle calm. Still it is appalling how they are killed and that they are killed. That is why I do not eat anything but chicken and fish and am not even satisfied with that choice but it is the best I can do now.

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    February 6, 2015 at 11:56 AM

  4. I like the warm colors and the sheep as symbols for purity of the soul.

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    February 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM

  5. Yes, the sheep certainly are symbols for purity of the soul! Thank you!


    February 8, 2015 at 3:12 PM

  6. Beautiful heart capturing poem of winter … Xxx

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    February 12, 2015 at 10:22 AM

  7. beautiful with nice lighting 🙂

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    April 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

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