• Devin O'Donnell

Winter Cometh

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

The yellow fire that falls from limb and tree,

Returns its shelléd body to be free,

Treasure in leaves and gilded bones,

Illumines the ground with golden stones,

A boon of sorrow leads us grieving,

Tears for goldengroves unleaving,

But ancients, having season’s cycle seen,

Knew earth’s brown shines out dappled green,

When the warlike month is most at peace,

At the end of winter’s long-held lease.

Verses upon the passing of fall. So the long dark of winter begins, ladies and gentlemen. Good thing hope is a sturdy thing. Good thing we have Advent and Christmas to look forward to. Good thing we believe in the resurrection.


Agenda for Monday:

  1. Prayer & Catechism

  2. Review Bible questions from last week's Reading Journal

  3. Read Till We Have Faces

Agenda for Tuesday:

  1. Prayer & Poems

  2. Check Poetry Out Loud Selections

  3. Read and record, study & recite

  4. NOTE HW:

  5. First recitation due next week (11/15)

  6. 12 line Imitation due Tuesday (11/30)

  7. Read Till We Have Faces

  8. Create "5 Questions" with answers that you can support from the text

Agenda for Wednesday:

  1. Prayer & Poems

  2. Study your poem

  3. Review Reading Journal questions on Genesis

  4. Read Till We Have Faces

  5. Create "5 Questions" with answers that you can support from the text


  1. Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Pray, that you may not stumble.

  2. Questions & Answers for Till We Have Faces

  3. Harkness Monster Truck Rally and Literary Explosion Conference – due 11/16

  4. Dig Deep 2 – read chapter 6 by end of this week (11/18)

  5. Memorize Poetry Out Loud (POL) selections

  6. POL Recitation 1 – due next week (11/12)

  7. POL Recitation 1 – due next week (11/17)

  8. 12 line Imitation due Wednesday (12/1)

  9. Bring Mr. O'Donnell a birthday present tomorrow!!!


Contemplate Peter the Elder's depiction of hunters in winter. Contemplate the necessity of hope in winter:

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm

BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder, The Hunters in the Snow (January) 1565 Oil on panel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


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