This is a poem that I’ve been meaning to write for a few weeks now. Or rather, it’s on a topic that I’ve been meaning to write about. It’s a topic that I think I’ll revisit in the coming weeks too as it feels like there’s a lot to write about.
It’s that time of year where suddenly, it doesn’t feel like Winter any more, but it’s not really Spring either. Of course, Winter is still with us. However, we might just be emerging from the worst of it and the snow, the storms, the driving rain aren’t quite as persistent now. Days are definitely brighter and daylight hours noticeably longer. I think this gives us all at least a little bit of happiness.
At the weekend, standing on the touchline of a field in north Leeds, coaching my football team through another game, it was decidedly chilly. But rather than the big bench coat that I’ve worn for the last couple of months, I was able to wear a hoodie (over my usual layers) and still be just about warm enough. This small detail made the whole morning a lot more bearable and it felt like a pleasure to be there. It certainly made the narrow defeat a lot easier to take and in doing so made my teamtalk afterwards a lot more positive!
Light brings hope. The thick frost that whites out the windscreen is still not enough to blight the start of the day. Even the inevitable prospect of work, peeking over the horizon cannot alter the mood. Light brings hope. Slowly but surely, Winter is being pushed back and soon sunshine will leave the snow, the storms, the darkness and the drizzle as just a distant memory; an annual appointment written in the diary, added to the calendar, but so far off it is forgotten for now. Light brings hope. Suddenly, when we wake, rooms are not pitch black, breakfast is eaten with curtains open as we watch the first forays of the sun reflect in windows of houses opposite, we drive into the sunrise, self conscious in sunglasses, peering past visors and watch as the off white skies magically turn to an iced blue that hints at Spring and dares to dream of Summer. Light brings hope.
I like this time of year. It signals almost an end to the time of year that I dislike the most. Let’s just say that I’m not a fan of November, December and January in terms of the misery and darkness it brings with nights closing in and weather getting worse. February always starts to ease my mood, but in truth that might just be because of my birthday and the fact that we’ve seen off January. But as we enter March, things change.
Plants are coming to life in the garden, you can feel the sun and it’s lighter. And this has had me thinking – as I said earlier – of poetry for a few weeks now. So, I’m hoping to write a few more Spring based poems!
For workers, this is a nice time of year. Unless you work shifts, I suppose. But for those of us that head to work in the morning and back home again in the late afternoon or evening, there’s a shift in mood at this time of year. In short, it’s lovely to be starting my commute as it’s just getting light and then heading home and in the light too. And why? Well if you’ve been listening at the back, you’ll know the answer.
Because light brings hope.
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