Hi, and Welcome to The Winter Bites My Bones

If you are an interested reader, or are a poet yourself, whether you have very little knowledge of poetry or quite a lot already, this website is mainly intended for you. The bulk of this site contains an anthology of my work from 1981-2013, but it also contains a few contributed surprises. Topics range from light, fun poems to the darker, more contemporary poems (the heart of the website) reminiscent of the two Charles’: Bukowski & Baudelaire.   It’s still young and growing, so check back often for new material.

You’ll see this blog enjoys a vast viewership (in excess of 100,000 readers) and contains up-to-date comments, but the web page itself is permanent.  Guest contributors are welcome to take advantage of this wide pool of readers. Please indicate if you’d just like to share, or if you are also looking for constructive criticism.  To have your work featured on this site,  email me your prose and/or poems to dennis.l.mchale@gmail.com.

Your comments and critiques are not only welcome, they are essential to the continued growth and development of my writing, and that of my guest contributors.  If you prefer reading articles that  range from contemplative to general musings, please see my weblog, Insights and Observations: Critical Meditations @ http://insightsandobservations.wordpress.com/

Thank you for visiting.  Happy reading and writing!

Dennis McHale


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    1. Supriya,

      Thank you for the idea of nominating me. You are so kind and I am delighted that you are a fan of my writing. I hope you I don’t offend you, but I am never sure what to do with these awards, and my schedule is so busy I don’t really have time to list the items required, so don’t bother yourself with awarding me anything. I don’t do online awards. Maybe you could just write something on your home page with a link back to my blog…that would be honor enough.
      I love your blog and enjoy reading your writing. You have such a gifted voice! Keep up the good work!


      1. Dear Dennis,

        Firstly I want to say thank you from bottom of my heart for you reply. I am touched. As I am a student of life I try to learn everything along my way & this nomination or award is just a way of learning new thing.

        I am not very good when its comes to poetry but I enjoy your writing so much that I thought I should honor you. I will definitely try to write something on which I can link your blog with, it will be my privilege.

        I believe we all are the travelers of the same boat & just trying to share our lessons or say little wisdom with our fellow beings.

        Thank you so much for your appreciation.:)
        God bless you.



    Dear Dennis,
    Please accept my nomination of YOU for the SUNSHINE AWARD. The rules for the acceptance are listed below.
    Thank you for the LIGHT you have brought into my life!

    I am so blessed to be part of this family on WordPress.com I am honored to have received the SUNSHINE AWARD from the following two bloggers on WordPress:

    Shaun shaungibson1@sky.com and/or http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/sunshine-award-2/ Thank you, Shaun, for your very kind award! When I visited your blog, I found myself entranced by your courage and strength to accept all that is so very difficult, and yet, you continue to share and to blog and to live life as fully as you can! You are amazing! Your children are blessed to have so gentle a father as you!

    and from…

    HikariYori@rocketmail.com and/or http://daylighttune.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/sunshine-award/

    Thank you, Hikari Yori, for the Sunshine Award. I feel as though I have not earned this…I accept it with gratitude, nevertheless. Your blog strives to bring light into this world, and I hope I do also…even in the sad things that I write. I hope that through the darkness of some of my poems, strength and light are found in their conclusion. Thank you so much! ありがとう Arigatō

    Rules for receiving the SUNSHINE AWARD:

    Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog.
    Answer 10 questions about yourself.
    Nominate 10 Bloggers.
    Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
    Link the person who nominated you.

    Ten Questions:

    Favorite color: Ultramarine Blue
    Favorite animal: Dog
    Favorite number: 4
    Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Water
    Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Neither..If I had to choose Facebook
    My passion(s): My family…humanity…truth
    Prefer getting or giving presents: Giving
    Favorite pattern: Eclectic…it changes daily…LOL
    Favorite days of the week: Thursday — week is drawing to a close and anticipation for the weekend! It was also the day I was born–eons ago! LOL
    Favorite flower: Daffodil

    10 blogs to nominate:

    * Kamlesh Oraon http://en.gravatar.com/kamleshoraon and/or scarycloud.wordpress.com


    I have chosen Kamlesh to receive this award because he is not only writing poetry with great VOICE, he is writing in a language that is his second lingua franca to learn! How courageous is that! I admire his fortitude and determination to write poetry and to learn English at the same time! WOW! That is true SUNSHINE ! That is the “courage of light”…and so I nominate him for the SUNSHINE AWARD!

    * Judy Berman earthriderjudyberman

    I have chosen Judy because she brings sunbeams to my thinking. Clarity always follows after I read her lines of poetry or essays.

    * Idealistic Rebel http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com

    I have chosen Idealistic Rebel because her words have the potential to bring sunshine into the lives of so many who think that there is no way out or any other way to live. Her words offer the hope of sunshine!

    * Dennis McHale https://dlmchale.com/ The Writer Bites My Bones

    I have chosen Dennis because his poetry flows beautifully and wakens my heart to reality — which brings light to my soul!

    * Grandma Lin http://grandmalin.wordpress.com/about/#comment-2688

    I have chosen Grandma Lin for sharing the simplicity of everyday life and the little things that make our lives meaningful as she saw them in her own family’s history. How refreshing!

    * Noeleen & Daniel http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com

    I have chosen Noeleen for the SUNSHINE AWARD for her unfailing bravery…for her courage…for the deep love she has for her son…for the Sunshine she is bringing into his life! and for the sunshine she has brought into mine with her unrelenting valour! You are amazing, Noeleen!

    *Patty http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/awards-and-dedicated-poems/

    I have chosen Patty for the SUNSHINE AWARD for her generosity in giving affirmations to other bloggers! for her gentle expression of hope and compassion! for her teaching us how to do other things with WordPress, i.e.recent how-to print a photo with your poem! Thank you for your kind and soft spirit, Patty!

    * Carl D’Agostino http://carldagostino.wordpress.com

    I have selected Carl for the award for the sunshine his writing brings to my heart! So beautiful and romantic!

    * Seeker http://theseeker57.wordpress.com/

    I have selected Seeker for the SUNSHINE AWARD because of her deep honesty for truth and her constant seeking of the LIGHT!

    * George http://euzicasa.wordpress.com/

    I have selected George for the SUNSHINE AWARE because he strives to bring good things to the LIGHT…the wonderful art and artists of the world. He cares about goodness and in spreading GOOD!

    Please accept and give to 10 others.




  2. I think you have a lot of beautiful poems and am so happy your share–and allow other poets to share to get for feedback. Thanks for coming by my blog. Keep up the writing!


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    1. Tersia,

      I would lovingly accept the award, but as you may have surmised by now, because I don’t really have the time to follow up fully on the qualifications, I don’t accept awards in general. Thank you for thinking of me, as I do you, always.



      1. No problem! Many people don’t accept awards due to time constraints. I wanted you to know that you mean a lot to me and that is what it is about. Fond regards


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