I was thinking today of a Rilke poem from his Sonnets to Orpheus; Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were
behind you, like the winter that has just gone by.
For among these winters there is one so endlessly winter
that only by wintering through it all will your heart survive.
Winter has indeed come to Central Ohio with a rather fierce grip. We adjust our daily patterns to include layers, and moving the alarm clock up so we can chip away at our cars and allow for a longer drive time. And we try not to fantasize too much about those summer nights on the back patio ... they'll be back, and we'll welcome them with open arms.