William Wilfred Campbell

(1858 - 1918 / Ontario)

How one Winter Came in the Lake Region


1 For weeks and weeks the autumn world stood still,
2 Clothed in the shadow of a smoky haze;
3 The fields were dead, the wind had lost its will,
4 And all the lands were hushed by wood and hill,
5 In those grey, withered days.

6 Behind a mist the blear sun rose and set,
7 At night the moon would nestle in a cloud;
8 The fisherman, a ghost, did cast his net;
9 The lake its shores forgot to chafe and fret,
10 And hushed its caverns loud.

11 Far in the smoky woods the birds were mute,
12 Save that from blackened tree a jay would scream,
13 Or far in swamps the lizard's lonesome lute
14 Would pipe in thirst, or by some gnarlèd root
15 The tree-toad trilled his dream.

16 From day to day still hushed the season's mood,
17 The streams stayed in their runnels shrunk and dry;
18 Suns rose aghast by wave and shore and wood,
19 And all the world, with ominous silence, stood
20 In weird expectancy:

21 When one strange night the sun like blood went down,
22 Flooding the heavens in a ruddy hue;
23 Red grew the lake, the sere fields parched and brown,
24 Red grew the marshes where the creeks stole down,
25 But never a wind-breath blew.

26 That night I felt the winter in my veins,
27 A joyous tremor of the icy glow;
28 And woke to hear the north's wild vibrant strains,
29 While far and wide, by withered woods and plains,
30 Fast fell the driving snow.

Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001
Edited: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Form:


Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: rose, tree, autumn, red, wind, winter, snow, silence, sun, moon, night, dream, lost, world

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (How one Winter Came in the Lake Region by William Wilfred Campbell )

Enter the verification code :

  • Bronze Star - 5,563 Points Eric Ericson (1/3/2015 5:52:00 AM)

    It is interesting to me to compare the highly polished Victorian poets to Emily Dickinson's plain straight forward writing. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, --
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Tagore Song (#11) Who is this piano pla.., Tushar Ray
  2. THOUGHT-LIFE (Quatrains), Cynthia BuhainBaello
  3. Music, Life's Soundtrack (Quatrains), Cynthia BuhainBaello
  4. Love Note 16, Michael P. McParland
  5. Change, David Lessard
  6. ENVY DEFINED, Cynthia BuhainBaello
  7. Oh My Dear, Michael P. McParland
  8. The actor and the witness, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  9. Possessive of God, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  10. The forbidden ritual, Mark Heathcote
[Hata Bildir]