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Wakeful Winter Nights

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 01, 2011

Wakeful Winter Nights

By Eva Willes Wangsgaard

On winds of wintry dark I hear it yet,
A woman’s smothered weeping in the night,
The muffled sobs of one who can’t forget,
Who shudders more from loneliness than fright.
For when the wilderness was under snow
That even hid the friendly wagon track,
How heavily a heart would beat, to know
The weight of thoughts forever turning back!
And cottonwoods gave poor companionship
To one who felt her child was insecure,
While ice was all their stiffened limbs could grip
And “Patience” was their only signature.
On wakeful winter nights, one truth is clear:
What courage had the woman pioneer!

(1940)



4 Comments »

  1. Are you trying to tell us something here, Ardis? I saw the title and thought maybe you were diagnosed with insomnia.

    (Sorry — couldn’t resist.)

    Comment by David Y. — December 1, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

  2. David, there are poems in the queue with titles like “Hunger” and “The Lonely Grave” and “Remorse.” I won’t dare post any of them!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 1, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  3. Eh, do it. It’ll keep us all on our toes (and maybe drive additional traffic to the poetry posts)!

    Comment by David Y. — December 1, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  4. My apologies to Eva Willes Wangsgaard for neglecting her poem. I thought these lines were especially moving:

    And cottonwoods gave poor companionship
    To one who felt her child was insecure

    Comment by David Y. — December 1, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

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