The early onset of grey evenings
and the cold settled in heavy
everywhere over the earth,
makes home seem more precious and dear,
like a refuge or sanctuary.
The inhospitable cold makes the heart lonely,
the familiar faces of home are treasured
at last in full measure
for their correct worth, which is beyond price.
Winter can make us all wise,
apportioning true value and giving praise
to those who are near and share our name.

Reg Naulty.