Winter´s Doldrums

Winter´s Doldrums


Time spent in the doldrums of winter

inertia spreads its curse on life

Not even a breath of air or wind of consequence

an insipid landscape which affects heart and imagination

Thoughts cannot be fully constructed

or ideas take shape for some change

O for a blast of stormy weather

blinding snow with impassable thoroughfares

The drama of winter vented in full force

this alone would kill off this creeping insidious inertia

A dull grey blanket envelopes us

it hangs over the land with not even a shadow to claim

It is as if nature wants us to slumber

experience nought but only to be

Lives are enwrapped in the grip of this silent world

Power and thought lie dormant

with no sign or hope of expectancy

May Spring hasten its arrival

to re ignite movement and growth

This has lasted far too long

◄ Unseated

The Lantern ►


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Wed 6th Feb 2019 20:03

Hi Keith
First time I've read this. I can feel the aching for Spring to hasten, and for fresh inspiration.

It's especially true I think, for lots of us at this time of year, to feel the 'dull grey blanket envelope us' and to feel low on motivation.

A great Poem that addresses these issues and reminds us to re awaken ourselves.

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keith jeffries

Tue 8th Jan 2019 10:04


Thank you for these words. You are right as inspiration is often borne out of dullness, strife or even anxiety. But O how I long for Spring and Summer.



Tue 8th Jan 2019 07:56

Bloody hell MC you sound like what one of them there bleeding poets do mate lol

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 7th Jan 2019 16:41

Much to agree with in these pleasingly constructed lines. - but I find solace in the way a dull day helps to liven up the mind.
I like to linger in my bed
And let the thoughts inside my head
Assume their place before the day
Sees me emerge to have my say
On page, on tape and online as well
Like some ongoing magic spell -
The inward eye brings forth the sight
Of what the mind saw in dull day's light.

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Mon 7th Jan 2019 01:41

Eloquent and profound as always Keith. 😌

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keith jeffries

Sun 6th Jan 2019 17:41

Dear All,

Thank you for your many comments on this poem. I wrote it this morning not long after climbing out of bed to greet another dreary day.


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Martin Elder

Sun 6th Jan 2019 15:10

Inertia is definitely the word for the season Keith, though never dull with poetry of this calibre.
Nice one my friend.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 6th Jan 2019 13:41

Another wonderful poem Keith thank you. 💕

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Jon Stainsby

Sun 6th Jan 2019 11:45

Beautiful, Keith.


Sun 6th Jan 2019 10:44

…"This has lasted far too long"

It's over for you my friend writing stuff like this.

Time well spent I would say.

Nice poem

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Sun 6th Jan 2019 10:39

Very beaitifully portrayed...spring of life could be the happiness, joy and mirth...the gloominess of winter could be sadness, sorrows and pain...🌷

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