BY TRISTA EDWARDS
This week is cold. I’m not just talking snow and ice but also that post-holiday gloom that sets in after the carefully crafted, ubiquitous twinkle and fantasy fades and we return to our former routines.
Maybe it hard to go outside. Winter cuts deep into your bones, the icy winds redden your cheeks, and you were never one for the restraint of a bulky parka.
So stay in.
Give into winter. Burrow under the covers. Drink all the spicy tea. Nap. Read. Indulge. Take care of yourself.
Maybe you want to sulk and be pensive while daydreaming out the window into the gray and barren world. Maybe you want to brood and scribble away in your journal by the fire. Maybe your only goal is to wallow in a sea of blankets and stare at the ceiling and think.
Do it. We need these days as much as we need sunshine. Despondency is its own kind of productivity. Its own kind of fuel. Its own form of inspiration.
Here’s a playlist for your wintery mood. Give into the darkness. Feel warm. Feel sexy. Pamper yourself in the solemnness of the season. May winter’s shadows inspire.
1. Water Plant—aYia
2. Blow Out—Gangly
3. Fuck With Myself—Banks
4. Lose You—POLIÇA
6. After Dark—Mr. Kitty
8. Ultraviolet—FKA twigs
9. Elgia—New Order
Trista Edwards is poet, land mermaid, light witch, horror enthusiast, creatrix, traveler, feminist, and dog lover. She is also the curator and editor of the anthology, Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015). She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection but until then you can read her poems at The Journal, Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Boiler Journal, Sou’wester, Queen Mob's Tea House, and more. She writes about travel, ghosts, and poetry on her blog, Marvel + Moon. (marvelandmoon.com)