Poetic beauty of winter

tree with bare branches in winter, kolkata

Last Friday (30 January) when I was walking towards Victoria Memorial Hall for a quick city tour with a friend I saw this tree standing tall with its bare branches spread in all directions. It looked beautiful to me. I don’t know why so many people hate winter, because I have heard from many of my friends and acquaintances that they don’t like winter at all. Winter brings with it a lot of memories for me. My childhood memories of winter are still so fresh! Winter means variety of pickles, fruits, home-made sweets and outdoor activities.

And most of all, winter sets the path to a fresh new beginning. Winter too has a poetic beauty that I saw in this bare tree.

bare branches of tree in winter, Kolkata

Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

So, do you like winter? Or hate it? Share your reasons with me… 🙂