Blue Winter

Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice –
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how far.
You know the blue-jay’s double-blur device
Show’s best when there are no green leaves to show.

And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.

~ Robert Francis



  1. That is certainly a vibrant blue. Love the poem!

    1. Heyjude says:

      We do occasionally get a lovely blue sky during the winter months, not as many as I would like!

      1. I know the feeling. We have a dreary week ahead of rain and gloom! Ugh. πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Yes, it’s annoying because I am desperate to visit a garden to look for spring flowers, but it doesn’t look likely this week.

        2. I was going to do your photo challenge this week, but it’s been raining and I haven’t been able to get out. I guess I’ll have to rely on the archives again. πŸ™‚ I hope you see sunshine soon.

        3. Heyjude says:

          I am using archives for the very same reason! Hopefully things will change, though we are expecting yet another storm over the weekend!

        4. Ugh, we’ve had rain for several days now, and I am sick of it. But I shouldn’t complain, I know, as many people suffer through horrible droughts – case in point Australia.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely use of the photo to enhance our understanding of his poem. Thanks.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Being an American poet he is not one I know of. But I saw this poem on another blog and liked it so I wanted to create a post whilst winter is still with us. I guess he lived not so far from you?

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Yes, about 45 minutes north, the same town as Emily Dickinson.

    2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

      Wonderful image, love that blue

  3. restlessjo says:

    Lovely poem! I can feel the ice of winter in the shot too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      A nice blue sky winter day! And quite warm actually πŸ™‚

      1. restlessjo says:

        And camera? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Don’t ask πŸ™

        2. restlessjo says:

          Cornwall via north west China 😦 😦

        3. Heyjude says:

          Supposed to be from London! Via Outer Mongolia it appears…

  4. beetleypete says:

    Lovely colours and nice words. I would like to see a Blue Jay. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are very pretty. I have seen Steller’s jays in Canada and USA and they are impressive too.

  5. pommepal says:

    Your picture captures the words of that poem beautifully Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Snowy hills may have been better!

      1. pommepal says:

        I think perfect as it is

  6. Another beautiful image Jude and the implication is that you were enjoying a blue sky and a sunny day. How lovely. πŸ™‚

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful image Jude. It does work brilliantly with the poem.

  8. These are stunnning blues, Jude! Wonderful!

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    Not to mention the blue of our lips and finger tips when outdoors for too long … 😏

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