A mixture of art in all its forms and random grabs from life and whatever else bubbles up….

The warm and the cold…


The Warm and the Cold

Freezing dusk is closing
Like a slow trap of steel
On trees and roads and hills and all
That can no longer feel.
But the carp is in its depth
Like a planet in its heaven.
And the badger in its bedding
Like a loaf in the oven.
And the butterfly in its mummy
Like a viol in its case.
And the owl in its feathers
Like a doll in its lace.

Freezing dusk has tightened
Like a nut screwed tight
On the starry aeroplane
Of the soaring night.
But the trout is in its hole
Like a chuckle in a sleeper.
The hare strays down the highway
Like a root going deeper.
The snail is dry in the outhouse
Like a seed in a sunflower.
The owl is pale on the gatepost
Like a clock on its tower.

Moonlight freezes the shaggy world
Like a mammoth of ice –
The past and the future
Are the jaws of a steel vice.
But the cod is in the tide-rip
Like a key in a purse.
The deer are on the bare-blown hill
Like smiles on a nurse.
The flies are behind the plaster
Like the lost score of a jig.
Sparrows are in the ivy-clump
Like money in a pig.

Such a frost
The flimsy moon
Has lost her wits.

A star falls.

The sweating farmers
Turn in their sleep
Like oxen on spits.

Ted Hughes


20 responses

  1. WOW! I had to look for Kakslauttanen on a map, it’s simply beautiful.
    Even so, I don’t like the cold…

    August 9, 2011 at 15:34

    • but the cold in finland is very different…its hard to explain i would rather have -25 there then -25 here 🙂 And iglos/ice and snow insulate very good .-)

      August 9, 2011 at 16:05

      • When I had my trip to Scandinavia, it was summer…
        Maybe I’ll have a further chance.

        August 9, 2011 at 19:09

      • You really should get the experience 🙂

        August 9, 2011 at 19:45

  2. August 9, 2011 at 16:11

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  5. Great post today! I really enjoyed reading it. Poetry and creative writing is something we all can enjoy. Thanks again for writing this.

    August 9, 2011 at 20:40

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  12. wow… very cool… in the literal sense, and not. =) loved these pics, and your words… So many great metaphors and imagery. Thanks. =)

    August 10, 2011 at 04:26

    • Glad to bring some coolness :-)Thank you 🙂

      August 10, 2011 at 09:05

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  14. Nice… 🙂 but is so cold

    August 10, 2011 at 11:29

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