Reflections on Winter

January 1, 2024

I don't read cards anymore.  But in retrospect I see that this poem isn't really about that.  So I included it.

Reflections on Winter 

For awhile I switched from tarot

to playing cards.

Just regular old cards.

No pretty pictures.

No Colman-Smith.

No abstract art.

No rainbow colors.

Just numbers and suit,

black and red,

light and dark,

energy and associations.


And the associations are easy

with ordinary cards.

Spades are winter,

spades are dark.

The Queen, the twelfth card

of her suit,

a winter queen,

a winter month.

This is how you time a reading.

And I timed every reading out

to December,

to myself,

to that sharp and solitary queen.

Today is a turning point in time.

The air is cold and the wind is strong.

And wind is winter.

Air is spirit

and, if you're lucky, inspiration,

ideas, intellect and looking inward.

And I have been luckier in this regard

than in others.

Today, I stand outside

and it's a new month and a new year.

The yard is a monochrome of snow

and dormant garden.

There are crows calling from the trees -

loud and free and wild.

And the sky beyond the branches

isn't gray or silver

but really surprisingly blue.

Blue enough to get my attention.

Blue enough to anchor me

to this scene, this spot, this lonely season.

So I stand outside until my feet are cold

and I think that this is probably

where all the symbols point.

Not where you've been,

not where you're going

but the absolute magnitude

of where you are.

Today I know exactly

where that is.

Today is Sunday,

early January.

Today is number one of seven.

Today is number one of twelve.

And one is creation and renewal.

One is power under pressure.

One is starting over,

moving forward,

and letting go.

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