The Old Man of Winter


My poem, The Old Man of Winter, can be found in Issue 10 of Three Drops from a Cauldron’s web journal, alongside some amazing poetry and flash fiction.

If you have a moment, I hope you check it out – I would love to hear what you think to my poem.  It can be found on the Three Drops from a Cauldron website:

Three Drops from a Cauldron: Issue Ten

4 thoughts on “The Old Man of Winter

  1. Good morning Sammi 🙂

    Welcome to Christmas Day, full and brimming with Yuletide tidings, happiness and joy. I trust you are cosy warm and happily tucked up amongst friends and family and celebrating the festivities with pageant and purpose 🙂 Happy Yuletide and best wishes for 2017….may success and prosperity dog your year and bring you all that you desire. No doubt you’ve candles burning brightly on this auspicious day, with each an individual wish and cherished dream just waiting to come true 🙂

    The Old Man of Winter was a wonderful read, the opening line a treasure and a metanarrative for the poem itself. ‘Tis an unusual take on the year’s end, and one I enjoyed very much, the departure from tradition an exciting deviation for sure. Sitting here to read your lines in the silence and peaceful solitude of an early morning and I’m convinced I could almost hear his laboured breathing, and sense his ancient form and gnarly twisted, knotty, and icicle laden boughs reaching out to me across that snowy landscape. I sat to wonder as to his age and the stories he could tell of the years he has stood and gazed upon history as it unfurled about him. I very much hope he will still be there next year to guide us through the year’s end and return us all once again to renewed life in the warming spring months. Thank you for sharing the link to Three Drops from the Cauldron, and congratulations (yet again! 🙂 ) on another published work 🙂

    Thank you also for your friendship and company here on WP throughout 2016, and the companionship you’ve extended to the wayward Buccaneer. I’ve enjoyed every word of our discussion and dialogue and look forward to that continuing in the new year. Have a most enjoyable day and save a tasty treat for me if any are left at the end of Yule! 🙂

    Best wishes in all ways for always and always 🙂


    DN – 25/12/2016

    P.S: Sizzles sends his kindest regards and says he has fingers crossed hoping all your wishes will come true 🙂

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    • Hey Dewin 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words on The Old Man of Winter, and for taking the time to read it 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the non-traditional aspects of the poem. More often than not, when I write about personifications, it is from a (divine / semi-divine) female perspective, so this was something for new me. I imagine he has seen a great many things, and heard a great many tales told beneath his boughs, not to mention secrets shared when it was thought that there was none there to hear their divulging 🙂

      I too have enjoyed our little chats this year – they have been a blessing. Thank you 🙂

      All the best for 2017! Brightest Blessings, to you and Sizzles 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi 🙂

        You are welcome, thank you for the timelessness of an old man’s ode 🙂

        I love the suggestion (and/or reality?) of trees listening to overheard secrets and whispered words confided in the shade of their leafy boughs. What a delightful thought, and how I now wish to venture into the thicket and chance a request to hear more lol 🙂

        Take care Sammi, and have a most enjoyable evening. I think it’s going to be another cold one, so put another log on the fire and grab the duvet before hunkering down to chillax 🙂


        DN – 28/12/2016

        P.S: Sizzles blushed again (he is a soppy soft lad) but managed to squeak out the words thank you lol 🙂 He’s currently shuffling the Tarot Card deck in preparation for a one card reading. It’s a new hobby he’s recently started after failing with the cooking initiative…my hope is that he’ll do a far better job with that than the mess he concocted in the mixing bowl 🙂

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      • Hey Dewin! 🙂

        I hope you’re well and have a good first day back at work after your holiday.

        It does make one wonder just what a tree might have overheard or been witness to, what confidences they may have been part of…it fires the imagination…

        Sizzles is super 🙂 I wish him every success with the tarot – it is a noble hobby and if he wants some practice he can always draw a card for me lol 🙂

        Wishing you the brightest blessings to get you to the weekend and on to the new year! And keep warm! 🙂


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