Monday, December 1, 2008


The Eloquence of December

From a long ago harbor on a far away shore, three splendid ships set sail. While at a bend in the road, the pathway narrows underfoot. Hemlocks and shining spruce trees move in close, linking their emerald arms overhead and scenting the wood with crystal winter. The moonlight is colder now. Having replaced its tarnished gold for sharpened silver, it illuminates a more enchanted landscape, one where snowy owls soar silently through icy air and alabaster stags raise frosted antlers to gaze in wonder at blanched and glowing stars. Wafting through ivory-tipped evergreen, gossamer glorias can barely be heard; bell-like whispers that become clearer with every muffled boot step along the pine needled pathway. The ice bear, august and all-knowing, walks alone. Forest oaks, each as unique as a fingerprint, no longer hide their true natures behind leafy raiment, but stand tall, proudly revealing their darkly graceful bone structures as they reach heavenward. The eloquence of December is everywhere. Through the mystery a cottage is just visible, its frost rimmed windowpanes painting squares of gold on the pale frozen ground.
Come inside, all are welcome. There is much to celebrate here.

48 comments:

  1. A most magical post from a very eloquent writer.

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  2. Pamela, what a truly wonderful image you have created here. Thank you for this magical walk in the moonlit woods!

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  3. I can feel the cold against my face and I can see the welcoming cabin -thank you for a beautiful walk this first day of December!
    Colleen

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  4. Mmmm, thank you for the welcome. Let me just stomp off the snow from by boots on the porch and shake it off my coat and hat. I don't want to leave puddles on your floor. I've brought some gingerbread and wine for mulling and somewhere in my pocket, ah yes, the spices and a lemon. I do hope you like mulled wine.

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  5. Beautiful and magical! I am enchanted by your post.

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  6. I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.
    Another absolutely beautiful post, I wish you would put them all in a book!

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  7. There is certainly magic afoot in the prose for December - beautiful. I begin to get a Christmassy feeling already.

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  8. Is that one of your paintings? It is beautiful, as are your words!

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  9. oh how I wish I'd been sitting by a fire with hot chocolate when I read this....

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  10. A cold but beautiful story, or part of one. (But your writing does warm my hear).
    Thanks for the soup suggestion and kind offer to make for me if you were nearer.

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  11. How beautiful. Your words sum up Winter perfectly.

    And I love the picture of your dogs.

    CJ xx

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  12. Beautiful, Pamela, your writing is so enchanting, and now a favour please. You wrote a delightful story on Rima's blog, about the hedgehog, please finish it, I was soooo caught up, it was wonderful :)

    Kim x

    (or was that your intention???)

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  13. Wonderful:) I love the bit about the oaks revealing their darkly, graceful bone structures - you paint such a wonderful picture with your words. I'll second Fern - all yours wonderful prose should be in a book.

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  14. Oh my goodness...what beautiful writing.

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  15. Where do you get these stunning and seasonal images!
    You always hit the spot splendidly.

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  16. Simply beautiful Pamela!
    Alabaster stags, frosted antlers...... magic x

    It seems I have been planning a painting that sounds very similar today. A white stag amid frosted branches! :)
    I will post about it at a later date.

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  17. Pamela - who is the artist of the painting?

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  18. Terry

    WHenever I read your posts, I feel coddled...how nice for me!

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  19. A thick haze tonight blocked out the Crescent Moon shepherded by Venus and Jupiter, but your words more than made up for the breathtaking view, Pamela. Thanks! :)

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  20. What a descriptive walk. I love the images which have come into my head.

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  21. "Through the mystery a cottage is just visible"- what more can be said after that line? That's just lovely.

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  22. The Snow Maiden together with your words create magic. Simply beautiful!

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  23. I can never think of anything "original" to say, so I'll say:

    "Gosh, that's beautiful!"

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  24. I am quite partial to the month of December for it is one of many celebrations.
    I shall linger along this poetic path you have woven enjoying the reflection of the snow freshly fallen at my feet.
    xo Susan

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  25. Lovely prose on a crisp December morn.

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  26. Hi Pamela & Edward - I have something for you over at my place.

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  27. I feel as if I was along on a wonderful jouney reading this post! So magical.

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  28. December!!!!!!!
    Such beautiful words for one of my favorite months of the year! Time to reflect and time to dance with the polar bears under the full moon.

    Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving Pamela!!

    My very best to you and Edward!
    xox
    Constance

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  29. Brrrrrrrrr, It's frosty outside. The golden light from the windowpanes is warm and welcoming. Thanks for the invitation!

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  30. Thanks for coming over, it made me come back here, and a dose of your magic was just what was needed!

    All wondrous stuff.

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  31. Hia again Pamela, there is a little something for you on my blog. :-)

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  32. The House of Edward is a magical place. The illustrations you choose for your posts are just gorgeous, and the whole format is very appealing. So glad you stopped by synch-ro-ni-zing and said hello. Christmas is for memories.

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  33. stillness and silence and the glistening of snowflakes... indeed this is eloquence... beautiful reminder to appreciate it...

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  34. Beautiful prose, and I'm captivated by the accompanying image!

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  35. perfectly beautiful. sigh. Miss D sends her usual "woof" to Miss A and handsome Edward and love from me too, xo S.

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  36. Pamela,

    I emailed you a while ago because I couldn't enable my Google connection. It is now enabled !

    I'm still really enjoying your blog-what a lovely marriage of words and images it is. May I ask the title and artist of the most recent painting ?

    love and all the best to you, Edward and Apple

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  37. Beautiful--the words and the picture!

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  38. I feel as if I'm there leaving my footprints in the snow. Beautiful words, beautiful painting.

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