A Child of the Snows – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

23There is heard a hymn when the panes are dim,
And never before or again,
When the nights are strong with a darkness long,
And the dark is alive with rain.

Never we know but in sleet and in snow,
The place where the great fires are,
That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth
And the heart of the earth a star.

And at night we win to the ancient inn
Where the child in the frost is furled,
We follow the feet where all souls meet
At the inn at the end of the world.

The gods lie dead where the leaves lie red,
For the flame of the sun is flown,
The gods lie cold where the leaves lie gold,
And a Child comes forth alone.

Emily Dickinson – A Christmas Poem

Christmas-wallpapers-06Twas just this time, last year, I died.
I know I heard the Corn,
When I was carried by the Farms —
It had the Tassels on —

I thought how yellow it would look —
When Richard went to mill —
And then, I wanted to get out,
But something held my will.

I thought just how Red — Apples wedged
The Stubble’s joints between —
And the Carts stooping round the fields
To take the Pumpkins in —

I wondered which would miss me, least,
And when Thanksgiving, came,
If Father’d multiply the plates —
To make an even Sum —

And would it blur the Christmas glee
My Stocking hang too high
For any Santa Claus to reach
The Altitude of me —

But this sort, grieved myself,
And so, I thought the other way,
How just this time, some perfect year —
Themself, should come to me —

Which pole is colder, the North or the South?

The South Pole, where the average temperature is about 56 degrees below zero degrees Fahrenheit (−49 degrees Celsius).

At the North Pole the average temperature is a relatively balmy 20 degrees below zero (−29 degrees Celsius).

Antarctica is actually a continent, with the ice and snow lying on top of a huge land mass, whereas the small Arctic ice pack floats atop the Arctic Ocean.
The South Pole itself is at an elevation of some 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), and it’s always colder at higher altitudes.

Moreover, the much bigger ice and snow surface at the South Pole radiates heat away more quickly as soon as the sun goes down. Yet another factor is that water doesn’t get heated or cooled as easily as land does, so it keeps the temperature at the North Pole from going to extremes.

Emperor Penguin Chick in Antarctica, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica
Curious Emperor Penguin Chick in Antarctica, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

Let me sit here – Traveller poem – The Hobbit

hobbit-gandalf-art-1440x900Just let me sit with you awhile
We don’t have to say a thing
Or we can visit through the day
and well into the night
Either way will be alright

Just let me sit with you
While the world is far away
While the troubles of the day
Fade, fade away

Let me tell you ’bout
all the things I meant to do
but never got around to

c922ebb16fde56ce4942073435afe71f_largeLet me tell you ’bout
my hopes and dreams
and things that never came to

Let me ask you why
you loved me
when all I ever did
was fail you

I know you’ll say,
that’s not true
Maybe it is
Maybe it isn’t

002What I do know
is that you love me, Lord,
by all the times you
came through for me
when you didn’t have to

And I know you already know
every word I’m gonna say
every thought I’m gonna think
every feeling I’m gonna feel
before the words leave my lips
before I can put two thoughts together
or break a tear
or crack a smile

The-Hobbit-The-Battle-Of-The-Five-Armies-Gandalf-And-Bilbo-ImagesJust the same,
thanks for sittin here with me
with the cold all around
and lettin me ramble

Nice hangin out
with a friend

Just watchin
the snow

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Why does the tile floor in my bathroom feel so cold on my bare feet?

Assuming that you haven’t forgotten to pay your gas bill, it’s because porcelain tile conducts heat better than that cozy bath mat does, even though they’re at the same temperature.
It’s a common experience that certain things feel colder than others. People talk about “cold steel” as if the blade of a sword were somehow colder than its surroundings.
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