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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

- W -


For ABC Wednesday


At year’s end in Village Isan
Be prepared for climate change
Arriving in casual dress
Under cool cover of darkness

A hint of winter in disguise
Moves in for the chill by morning
Twice a week throughout December
Finished by February

Neighbours unite to fuel the fires
Gloves, scarves, coats, hats, help combat cold
Gather in gangs to feel the thaw
Central heating – Isan style

Breakfast is a sombre affair
Enter the sun, and spirits rise
On shafts of steam, issued by breaths
Mimicking mists in the valley

Dare to stare at insipid sun
Take the full five second challenge
Blink away green and yellow dots
Reminders of futility

Face to the east as embers fade
Lounging like so many lizards
Rays penetrate, revitalise
Hearts and minds numbed by nature

Sun earns its keep, loungers shed skins
Returning to T-shirts and shorts
Mid-morning quest for cool beneath
The shade of a Tamarind tree

And Winter, a recurring dream
Unwelcome guest, who can’t stay long
Has business to conduct elsewhere
Much tougher terrain to torment


We Wore
We Walked Without
Watchful Wariness
Winters Were Wonderful!


  1. What a delightful post for the day, Stan! Love your words and thoughts!

    Have a wonderful week and wishing you and yours a very joyous Merry Christmas!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment, always appreciated!


  2. Thanks Sylvia; Winter pays us a little lip service here, but it never really gets cold.
    Have a great Christmas too.

  3. Wonderful to see you again! Tropical Winter has a lot of appeal for me. I get the full boat, here. :) Good post!

  4. I COULD deal with tropical winter; I never did warm up today.

  5. Thanks to:
    Tumblewords; Good to be back - not missing snow at all!
    Roger Owen Green; I sympathise - watching weather reports on TV gives me the shivers!

  6. Great W! It`s to much snow here in Norway.., but it`s nice for Christmas.
    Wish you a blessed Christmas!

  7. That sounds okay. I'm almost snowed in here. Merry Xmas.

  8. You put it in a nutshell - Merry Christmas!

  9. Great post, Stan! The last one is a real master piece :all words beginning with W! I am looking forward to what you are going to do with "X"! LOL.
    Merry X-mas!

  10. W is for wise words, wonderful! Thanks so much for contributing! Merry Christmas. Dx

  11. The chaos around Manchester continues and other parts of the UK are affected even more.

  12. I've never thought of the Tropics having any kind of winter - short and perhaps not so sweet!

  13. Thanks to:
    Spiderdama; It won't snow here, but Christmas will be fun in the sun - Merry Christmas.
    Anthony North; The temp drop overnight can make it feel quite chilly some days, but when you realise it's still in the 60's you have to convince yourself it's warmer than most days in the UK. Merry Christmas.
    RuneE; Happy days - especially those childhood memories - Merry Christmas.
    Reader Wil; Thanks for that - I'm more worried about the difficult letters of the alphabet - Merry Christmas.
    Mrs Nesbitt; I don't know how I've failed to find the site previously. I hope to visit often. Mery Christmas.
    Gerald; Manchester chaos is nothing new - especially in the blue half! Merry Christmas.
    Jabblog; Think of a fine summer day in the UK, and you'll be on the right lines. Merry Christmas.

  14. Wow! Look at all those W words. Very nice. Peace on Earth.

  15. Thanks Judi:Your comment is appreciated. Merry Christmas.