Winter Greetings

Hauling boxes up the stairs
Eager children shed their cares
We sing along to a familiar tune
Decorating under the bright full moon
The sparkling tree is such a joy
Thinking back to when you were a boy
Broken ornaments get some glue
Passed on from Gran and now to you
Reminded of years now passed
Small trinkets help them memories last
Popcorn delicately strung along
Another favorite Christmas song
Flour and sugar makes cookies and more
The season’s treats are now in store
Smell of cinnamon fills the air
Peace on Earth please hear our prayer
Stirring carefully not too hot
Pour the sticky mess out of the pot
A fine sprinkling of snow white dust
Delicately rolling out the crust
Gingerbread plans made and baked
The year’s most complicated cake
Lists are made and wishes sent
Dreams of everything came and went
Waiting for the ice to form
Holing out during a storm
Hot chocolate packed into mugs
Cold cheek kisses and mitten hugs
Skating outdoors on frozen ponds
Snowflakes made with magic wands
Gifts and favors for our friends
A cherished thought not what she spends
Time for reunion and reflection
Choosing the next year’s direction
A Happy Solstice to you all
May your tree stand straight and tall

My cold quiet thoughts

Heavy flannel quilts on beds
Grandmas woolen hats on heads
Cotton stockings and long underwear
Shortened days and cool morning air
Gathering long heavy skirts
Buttoning cozy flannel shirts

Bundling up in the hall
Heading out to enjoy fall
Sounds of children’s distant laughter
Chasing each other around and after
Foggy breath and rosy noses
Listening to stories the children composed

Fallen leaves put gardens to rest
Work begins to preserve the harvest
Pumpkins and corn, apples and pears
Food for people, deer and bears
Apron dusted with spots of flour
Darkness falling near supper hour

Stoves come on and get hot
Squash soup bubbling in the pot
Spiders and mice come inside
Looking for a warm place to hide
Curling up and a cup of tea
Feels a lot like fall to me