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On Winter

                                               

  Now, winter is just around the corner. You may hate to see it approaching but my heart leads me to usher winter in. People say that winter is too cold to like it but to me winter is the warmest season. I can feel the warm coziness watching people's wearing mittens, woollen scarves and hats. It is really enjoyable to see the different colors and styles of them. I don't know why, but the people with them look elegant. This season gives you more chances to express your taste than any other seasons. In summer, you can't feel this kind of warmth because the weather itself is too warm.
   In winter everything in nature seems to decide to keep quiet and give you a silent ambience. All the singing birds and insects are gone and all the leaves of the trees ruffled by breezes are no more. Even people seem to talk softly, overwhelmed by the silence of nature. If you go to Namsan, you will feel it. Emily Dickinson says in her poem, "When it comes, the landscape listens, Shadows hold their breath." In winter, everything in the landscape does not make much noise, but instead listen. Even its shadows, although we all know they are the quietest thing in the world, seem to be quieter. These days, if you turn on TV, there are so many people talking and talking, especially politicians. It's time for whispering. When someone whispers, you can feel caring.
   The quietest moment during the whole year is, I think, when we have snow. Just to see the dazzling light all over the place is a joyful gift falling from heaven, but it also gives a feeling of serenity. I remember the moment when I first realized this. I was a little kid playing with snow, having a snow fight with a bunch of friends of mine, and all of a sudden, I realized that my shouting sound was resounding and I loved that funny effect. Since then, I have loved to listen to the serenity which the mantle of snow creates, when it falls: it's so peaceful and calm. 
   Do you want to grab the beauty of winter?  Ride a train to Gangneung when it snows. You will enjoy seeing the all-white world and going through craggy mountains where you can't reach by cars. Or, taking an overnight train is also worth it. Although you can't see anything in darkness, some lights glimmering from the cottages in deep mountains will lead you to imagine what people would live in this secluded place and envy their simple life. The best part of the overnight train is that through its window you can see the crisp and fresh winter beach at the bright dawn if the weather allows. At the seemingly deserted winter beach, you will feel things that you would never feel during summer. The seagulls aloft in the grey sky look so peaceful and the color of the waves looks so dense. It will leave you an unforgettable memory that you would cherish for a very long time in your life.

Sung-Joong Kim  sk1931@dongguk.edu

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