READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 31.

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This week’s poem, called Winter, is by Jan Parkin.

WINTER

I felt a chill in the air today

The one that lets us know

That winter’s peeping round the door

As we see the berries grow

I felt the freshness on my face

And smelled the log fires burning

This told me that it won’t be long

Till winter is returning

I noticed how the birds has stopped

Their tuneful morning chorus

And wondered where they’d fly to stay

Now they weren’t singing for us

I wondered how each season has

Its own unique agenda

Evoking moments just like these

To capture all it’s splendour

I realised as each month does pass

There are moments we can treasure

When seeing every seasons gifts

That give us joy and pleasure

So when we’re complaining as we do

About this chilly season

Just step outside to see the beauty

Of nature for no reason

For beauty lies beneath the chill

The hail, the rain, the windfall

If only we open up our eyes

Till songbirds return when Spring calls...