Winter sun sets low these days

painting the steel blue water

in flames of gold.

I see a young woman on my walk

sitting at an old wooden desk on the damp sand,

writing in a big book as if the cold

means nothing to her fast-moving hand.

A white painted door stands propped up

at the edge of the windswept beach

as if waiting for the knock that might change the world.

In time, I come across a small brown wren

sitting upon a wall of stone,

its bright eyes turned towards the setting sun

and in that moment, I understood

some of the words the language of beauty

has been speaking all along.

This morning’s sunrise illuminating the buildings and mountains outside our windows after yesterdays snowfall (Vancouver, B.C.).

About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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26 Responses to Illuminate

  1. Quirky Girl says:

    It’s funny how the beauty of language isn’t always communicated through words, but rather through the beauty in the world around us- through the flutter of a bird’s wings, through the magic of a stunning sunset, even through the chilliest of winter days. 😊

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  2. Shirley says:

    Its the sudden snow fall, bringing change, all seeking the sun, praising its daily route, warming hearts and hands. The quiet snow brings, setting on a busy city, smiles on faces, blowing the flakes with frosty breath, a gift to all , as the chill heightens our awareness and we like the bird pay homage to a greater known.

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  3. ugetse says:

    I love this phrase “ a white painted door stands propped up at the edge of the windswept beach
    as WAITING FOR THE KNOCK THAT MIGHT CHANGE THE WORLD”. I love that image. You never cease to amaze me my lovely friend.

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    • Hello, dear neighbour! On my seawall walk I came across some film students and their props, they were filming a scene at English Bay and suddenly the words to this poem started to make themselves known! Thank you (always!) for your unwavering support, Huguette!


  4. markmkane says:

    I just simply love how you find magic whenever you go out on your walks. What seems like the ordinary for most people, you see the beauty in the sights that you behold. Stunning, simply stunning Kimberlee.

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    • Thank you for these beautiful words…the days that pass by are full of all kinds of beauty just waiting to be discovered…lately I’m loving the cotton candy colours of our winter sunrises and the glow of the sparkling crescent moon in the sky! I hope you & your lovely family have a wonderful holiday season.


  5. Aman Thakur says:


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  6. You are unfailing gifted and always surprising!!!! Thank you for sharing…I love this so much 🙂

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  7. michnavs says:

    As i always say anything about winter amazes me..(we dont.have it here)…and you amazed me more with your gift of.words Kim…you bring life to literally made me experience it..

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed my winter prose…this morning the snow on the mountains with the sun shining just so would take your breath away…thank you (always!) for your very kind words, Mich and best wishes for the coming new year!

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  8. Rachel McKee says:

    I love this imagery.

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  9. Robin says:

    This is so beautiful. 🙂

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  10. I am reading a book called ‘ Letters from a Father to her Daughter’ by Jawaharlal Nehru. The author describes about the many stories that nature has to tell us – from the tiny smooth pebble to the beautiful mountains, the stories that lay hidden in them all will be more realistic than a fairy tale. Your beautiful poem brought back the words in that book.

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