It is time for tea once again.
January has been very interesting,
with wild weather and cozy dark days.
I hope those of you that were in the storms path
are all safe and warm.
Today the sun came out and all
the icicles were dripping sparkling water.
These days are good for reading...
A vintage find I have re discovered,
was an entertaining companion
on a chilly afternoon.
The title was certainly apropos!
Two days a storm has kept us indoors.
A surprise awaited within the pages,
a small card with a name....
Sitting down with a warm cup of oatstraw tea,
I opened the book once again to see
what kind of story it contained,
and found it was a collection.
I wondered about the card,
did it belong to the owner of the book?
I checked the front inside cover
and, yes, there was a signature!
It is hard to read though,
maybe Allie Werkman?
It is much easier to read the card...
Such handsome script!
Did Ivan give Allie the card?
Did she allow him to call on her?
Maybe they married...
Maybe they were never able to
satisfy their longing for each other
but remained true in their hearts...
from a distance?
This book is a collection of poems by
It is named Snow-Bound
but contains several other poems
as well as a very long preface.
Snow-Bound was very well accepted
when published in 1866.
It is a narrative poem
about a week during which
he and his family were snowed in
due to a 3 day storm.
John earned $10,000.
John was surprised.
Imagine that for a
narrative poem in 1866!
I will admit I had not heard of him before.
Have any of you?
He fought very hard to abolish slavery.
"Unwarmed by any sunset light
The gray day darkened into night,
A night made hoary with the swarm
And whirl-dance of the blinding storm,
As zigzag wavering to and fro
Crossed and recrossed the winged snow:
And ere the early bed-time came
The white drift piled the window frame,
And through the glass the clothes-line posts
Looked in like tall and sheeted ghosts."
(a sampling of Snow-Bound)
The lovely cup that I sipped from?
A beautiful filigree Collingwood cup.
This is one of my all time favorite
winter tea cups.
Thank you for visiting!
Martha has the linky to
Tea Cup Tuesday,
and I am on my way over to visit her.
Thank you Martha!
Wishing you all,
where ever you are,
the best week possible.