Keep Warm

There is the cold void of space

Expanding through your heart

Temperatures dropping

Daily

Every slight, every ding, every pain

We numb and withdraw

Our sap dropping from limbs to root

Our leaves fall beautiful

Into piles of decay

How to continue

Why go on

When it hurts

Grief overtaking

And spring is so far away

Don’t stay there in the heart of winter

Rest and repair and rise again

Capture each ray of sunshine

Be soothed by the songs of the birds

Revel in the blue, blue sky

Wrap the grey clouds around you

Sprout

Grow

Fly

The heart of summer is always within you

A blooming meadow

Paradise of butterflies and bumblebees

Keep warm

With the kind word of a friend

Laughter

A good book

Keep warm deep into the restless night

Keep warm kindled sparks in reserve

Until you become the star

A Certain Uncertainty

“I am composed,” I thought, but didn’t feel

“Of music and light”

I packed away old treasures

Dusted trust until it gleamed

Rearranged a way of living

An internal exterior sheen

An external interior reflection

Moved further away from isolation

Connected deeper to this intention

What trail to walk to reach my dreams

There’s room to grow

There’s space, here now, to know

The essentially essential still lies within my reach

I can let the deepest, brightest rise

Into the world will breach

Cold new winter snow has fallen

Icing on the cake

The trees stick up like candles

For the birth of a new year

Winter wind will blow and make a wish

Listen to the hope that lifts

Can you hear

Can you hear

Winter Love Song 12/16/2020

I wanted to write you a love song

I wanted to tell you everything in my heart

I wanted to write you a love song

To sing sweetly of the feelings I feel

I wanted to pull down the stars from the sky

String them around evergreens

I wanted to place the moon there on top

In the twinkling lights I would tell you

In the sparkle of night I would say

How the thought of you brightens my spirits

How my heart beats in time to your own

How the thought of you leaves me breathless

My spirit is never alone

I wanted to write you a love song

To tell you all that I feel

That the world is more tender

More beautifully rendered

The colors more vivid

Everything sweeter, my darling

The world is a more wonderful place to be

Because you are here

Because you are here

I wanted to write you a love song

A gift to put under the tree

Unwrapped with the sound

Of the drums and the bells

Unlocked with the keys

Of minor harmonies

And a melody carefully fretted

I wanted to write you a love song

To tell you all that I feel

A gift that I give with my heart and my mind

A gift that I sing with my soul

These are the words that will cover

The thoughts and heart that are lying beneath

Like the snow covers over the grass and the clover

Until spring comes along to release

So I write you a love song in winter

I write you a love song under the tree

My heart hums a love song in the twinkling lights

My soul is a love song to you

My soul is a love song crafted for you

Wrapped and waiting under the tree

Coffee Shop Christmas

The night before Christmas

We were walking

The night before Christmas

We were talking

We were falling in love

Christmas Eve

The lights hung from eaves

In the crisp winter night

Balloon Santa played in the yards

The deer were all right with their

Noses alight

We held hands as we walked

Down the street

We stopped for a drink at the

Local café

Sometimes it still feels like a dream

We sat in a café

We talked in that café

We fell in love over coffee that night

Now when winter begins

And the snow starts to fall

And the neighborhood lights are displayed

We walk down the street

Recall the present we found in each other

That Christmas Eve

On that Christmas Eve

Having known one another for years

That magical night everything shifted

Our eyes met in a way unexpected

Essentially seeing a future together

Our hearts to each other we gifted

Our hearts from each other accepted

On a cold winter

Bright winter

Night Christmas Eve

Christmas Carol 12/13/2020

Born early Christmas morning

When the light is shades of blue

The snow reflecting golden glow along the street

Born early Christmas morning

She became the perfect Christmas gift

Bringing joy to those attending

Bringing brightness to her kin

Christmas Carol, where are you now?

Where did you go?

Did you dance beneath the twinkling lights?

Did you fly up to the stars?

Did you take a trip to winter’s moon in a silver shining sleigh?

Were you frolicking on rooftops when the reindeer came to town?

She grew up in the city

She grew up in the south

She grew up in the north woods

She’s so much older now

Her song drifts like the blowing snow gently making waves

She’s covering the gardens

She’s clinging to the trees

She sparkles in the dark of night

She’s a nomadic harmony

Christmas Carol, where are you now?

Where did you go?

Did you dance beneath the twinkling lights?

Did you fly up to the stars?

Did you take a trip to winter’s moon in a silver shining sleigh?

Were you frolicking on rooftops when the reindeer came to town?

All the people meet her when they begin to dress the tree

They string the lights and sing her

They meet her Christmas morning as the sun begins to glow

She’s been piped in throughout the shopping centers

Drawn from vinyl rounds by diamonds

Playlists dedicated to her

Shared and shared again

Christmas Carol coming to you on every radio

Christmas Carol, we all know you to some degree

Christmas Carol bringing joy to those attending

The perfect Christmas gift

Bringing brightness to her kin

The perfect Christmas gift

Bringing brightness to her kin

She’s the song in winter’s wind

She’s the song in winter’s wind

Daily Poem 11/3/2020

The wind whispers and the

Trees let loose their

Gowns

Dancing naked in the chill

Waiting for their cloaks of snow

Their bark is bold and firm

Roughly hewn in texture

Tattooed patterns of the past

Etched into superficial

Markings of their growth

At their feet in golds and reds and orange

Spill the fabrics of the summer

With branches ready

Reaching

They will move to winter’s tempo

Be it soft, and slow, and snowy

Or in waves, and sheets of sleet

In the deepest cold and rain

Incased in icy sheaths

The trees will dream of spring

Dream of spring

Of rising greens and budding leaves

Of dresses full and twirling

In the warm winds of the hopeful

Buoyancy of summer

Vermont Winter – Daily Poem 10/22/2020

Throw the wood quickly
Into the stack
Winter sent the hounds
To chill the air
A nip, a warning
Prepare the kindling
Splinters like daggers
Splinters like knives
Shavings nested between blades
The black stove bones leave
Soot marks across your face
Gaskets and glue
The doors will not go back
Into place for hours
And then only by an
Unrepeatable act of magic
Replace the honeycomb
For a clean burn
Home will be warm this year
Outside the wolves howl
The owl flies silent
There is no fire great enough
To beat back the frosted hand of time