The March Wind

As a “tribute” to the winds of March that blustered and bullied us here in New England this past weekend..

The March Wind

Tis the lion’s roar we feel this day

as the March wind so bitterly bears the freeze

sure as cold it be, as the witch’s heart

unlike the warmth of a young April’s breeze.

To the bone and more the chill does set

and from but a few their spirit all will squeeze

for no comfort be found in a weathered space

nay, not in such harsh degrees!


Through the day and evening’s hours

comes the howl as if off a banshee’s cry

and of our prayers for it to cease or ease

leave us here to ask but why?

What have we done to earn this fate

that now saps the young and spry

that will lay the old and tired down

and have the birds too cold to fly?


How have we sinned to feel such pain

that trembles us head to toe

that humbles yet the proudest soul

with a dread to outside go?

While the hearth is warm and the food be hot

does not the inside’s fire show

that there on the outside of our doors

the wicked March wind doth blow?


With more of a bitter bite we’ve felt

than all of winter’s winds til now

should we not be praising of our good luck

and not to a March wind downward bow?

So if the whims of nature hold no care

as to the when nor where nor how

shall not then, the next March wind I feel

fulfill my warm and new sworn vow?


Jack Downing

Mar. 2017

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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8 Responses to The March Wind

  1. We’ve been feeling the strong winds of March in the Midwest, too. I thought yesterday would be a lovely day to spend outdoors. But, lo, the forecaster was wrong, the temp 10 degrees below the predicted, the skies grey. So I holed up indoors and binge-watched the TV series Fargo.

    Your poem is spot on weather right.

  2. Thanks Audrey. I can honestly say that I can’t remember any tv show that I could binge watch for more than maybe 2 hours, tops. I could be wrong, okay maybe 3 hrs. Lol

  3. This is the first time I’ve ever binge-watched anything. But Fargo drew me in. Some pretty interesting writing…enough to keep my attention for hours.

    March winds blew two tornadoes into Minnesota on Monday, both touching down and causing damage in two small towns. The tornadoes broke a record from 1968 for the earliest tornadoes of the season in Minnesota.

    Here in Faribault we had heavy rain and some small hail.

    • Strange you should mention tornadoes, last month we had the first one ever recorded in the month of February that destroyed a very old barn here in Conway, Ma. and very shortly thereafter you had a post on old barns..I’m sorry that I didn’t mention it then, it may have offered something to your blog post.

  4. What is it with this weird weather?

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of that old barn in your community.

  5. Denise Downing says:

    I love this

    Sent from my iPhone


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