24 Feb



Northern wastes, where white, as forever fields
hold the cold sun captive in ice shackles.
An old, lone wolf growls—raising its hackles
as gusts swoop down to gather; white death they wield.
Howling…scouring, it shall never yield
to the whims of man, frigid blast tackles
till all that’s seen in blindness—frost sparkles.
Silent, blinding tomb—storm erected shield.
Hunker down, ride it out…your life depends
upon the warmth within the offered shroud;
shared heat that flows, through the touch of a hand.
When all is said and done, the madness ends.
The sun returning, banishes the clouds
leaving not a sign that death stalked the land.

© February 24, 2011 CRF

This is a sonnet I wrote for a challenge at Alabaster and Mercury. The challenge was to write a sonnet utilizing one of three lines. The line I chose was “where white as forever fields hold the cold sun.”



Posted by on February 24, 2011 in poetry, sonnet


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8 responses to “White-Out

  1. onescoobthree

    February 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    *eye twitches* omg hon, I was suffering the feelings of being in a storm; the cold, the sting. *claps* I hate that feeling, but then, *happy sigh* you made it all warm and fuzzy at the end 😀 I love you

    • falcon1974

      February 24, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      Hey darling. Yeah…part of it I’ve been thinking about since driving through those white out conditions both when heading up to visit you and returning here. I’m glad you made it through to the happiness at the end. 😀

  2. Lori

    February 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Yea he does write!! it’s been a long time in between reading you.I have missed your writing my friend, Where is this challenge by Mercury and Alabaster? I miss the writing community we once had over at The Spazz. Sending hugs Craig to you and Lissa

    • falcon1974

      February 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      The group is over on Facebook. It is a closed group. I don’t know if they are adding members or not right now. It’s run a bit differently from the other writing groups I’m used to. 😀

  3. Sue

    February 25, 2011 at 12:57 am

    White out eh? Gather you had awful weather recently.

    You wrote good here. Lately I’ve been feeling that if rhyme is used, somehow then the emotion is forced. However you did make it work in both aspects 😀

    • falcon1974

      February 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

      Hey Sue! I actually drove through some white out conditions when I went up to Ontario last week. The weather down here hasn’t been as bad. 😀

      I can see how you would feel that way. It is all how the person feels when writing. Sometimes I feel like rhyming forces the write, but other times I cannot imagine not rhyming. Thanks. 😀

  4. Joleene Naylor

    March 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    sounds like my winter 😉

    Lots of good lines in here! ;D

    • falcon1974

      March 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      It certainly has been one of those winters, hasn’t it Jo? 😀


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