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Winter is an imagery poem by Barbara Vance from the children's poetry collection "Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain"

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Winter

When the geese are flying south
And the sky is grey, my dears,
Close your eyes, and lift your nose;
Listen with your careful ears.

Feel the winter coming on,
Hear it in the crackling trees;
Note the crisping, quivering wind
Sharply snapping at their leaves.

Feel it on the windowpanes –
Chilly glass on fingertips –
Mark the biting of the air,
Heated breath on numbing lips.

See it in the early eves,
In the glowing sunset where
Shadows of the naked trees
Rattle in the biting air.

Watch the nuthatch and the wren;
They know it is time once more
To abandon careful nests,
As they’ve done each year before.

Let it rest upon your face,
Let it reach and pull you in.
See how pretty nature is
When she ushers winter in.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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Image and text of "Your Best" poem from children's poetry book "Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain" by Barbara Vance

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Your Best

If you always try your best
Then you’ll never have to wonder
About what you could have done
If you’d summoned all your thunder.
And if your best
Was not as good
As you hoped it would be,
You still could say,
“I gave today
All that I had in me.”

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

Also Available at:

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  • Walmart
  • and elsewhere . . .

Wholesalers

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  • Baker & Taylor

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