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Transforming through Reflection
Yao Liu


Winter is a time of renewal.
It is the preparation
For a new beginning.
It marks the final moments
Of an old year
And the excitement
Of a fresh start.
Winter is a period of revival.
It is recovery
And slowing down.
It is healing
And transforming
Through reflection.

This poem first appeared on Know Thyself, Heal Thyself (
Used here with permission.

Yao Liu publishes poetry and fiction on her creative writing blog, When not writing or reading, she enjoys cooking, traveling, running, and spending time with loved ones.


Post New Comment:
Thank you for giving winter the credit it deserves in this lovely, descriptive piece!
Posted 12/29/2023 08:30 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 12/29/2023 08:01 PM
Time to rest and recover from the year just finishing helps us be more ready to meet the year ahead.
Posted 12/29/2023 12:33 PM
Ah ,the promise of a promise.
Posted 12/29/2023 10:16 AM
Thoughtful and thought-provoking.
Posted 12/29/2023 09:33 AM
michael escoubas:
Mindfulness poetry at its best. Congratulations, Yao.
Posted 12/29/2023 09:30 AM
I will learn to love winter.
Posted 12/29/2023 09:27 AM
That's what i'm talking about! My kind of poem! Brilliant!
Posted 12/29/2023 08:17 AM

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