December Muse Day

“December Muse Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Today is Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening , nature or whatever strikes you.

Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.

This morning was our first freeze, and while it was a light freeze, it brought to mind the first stanza of this poem.


Image: Graeme Weatherston /



Lines:  The Cold Earth Slept Below

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The cold earth slept below;
Above the cold sky shone;
And all around,
With a chilling sound,
From caves of ice and fields of snow
The breath of night like death did flow
Beneath the sinking moon.



It won’t be long before colder temperatures stay around for longer and longer periods.



  1. December 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yes, we are slipping into colder weather. I think November went by faster for me than any other month this year, which I will not complain about. In a few weeks, the days will start getting longer. In the mean time, I’ll go around bundled up, dressed in layers.

  2. December 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

    That is a powerful Shelley! Beautiful and haunting! I do not remember this poem and I am so thankful you have posted it today Jan. Your photo illustrates the lines perfectly. Yes that horrid cold will be upon us soon, but today it is a weird 50 degrees and raining! In Massachusetts mind you.

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