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Walking home

my heart dreams of you blue sky
while sloshing across the sleeping
sunless meadow listening to dripping
pattering sounds of raindrops on the
few cold wet leaves remaining behind
on winters gray moss covered trees
that look like spooky spirit shadows
In the early afternoon darkness

I think of the sounds of frogs and crickets now silent
and of birds that have flown to warmer forest
with flourishing ponds a long way south of us
I marvel at the size of smooshed gigantic
maple leaves with faded colors and flattened
all wet and shiny brown there tromped
into the trail with spatterings of mud

now coming closer to the house
I hear the thrilling melodious sound
of our little creek trickling down the hill
a sound that always tickles
my bursting heart to joy

it’s home inside this door where I am greeted by
hot chocolate with marshmallows and the smell of
homemade cinnamon rolls fragrant pine branches
warm fires nog and toddies hot spiced cider mulling
happy smiling faces snuggle hugs and love

white winter arrives with drifting flakes and
rainbows of wildflowers that are distant memories are
now replaced with moonlit snow bright festive lights
twinkling like tiny stars among the icicles

tomorrow there will be frolic and snowmen
smiles on the lawn with children in cozy gloves
laughing rolling and lobbing snowballs at
me-ducking making snow angels
then freely flying downhill on sleds and tubes

bringing old memories of winters sweet
delight of baking cookies for the neighborhood
children that slid on gleeful squeals down the
slopes of our snow piled roof right into the
huge meadow behind our home oh to do it
again and again until dusk turns to black
and dinner is ready on the stove to slurp

weary from our fun filled day
snuggling by the fire at pajama time
we tell our fondest stories until at last
the sleepy night calls us all to bed

© Elaine Bawden 12/12/2012

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I enthusiastically love playing with art, exploring new mediums and new things with old mediums! Started when I could hold a pencil and am still going.

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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 2 years ago

    Very well written…thank you for sharing.

  • ♥ Thank you so much Marsha, I really appreciate your comment ♥

    – Elaine Bawden

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful, Bev

  • ♥ So appreciated, thank you Shulie ♥

    – Elaine Bawden

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Lovely work Elaine. Welcome to Art and Ink. Look forward to more of your work. Happy New Year

  • ♥ Such an awesome compliment Donna, thank you and Happy New year to you too! ♥

    – Elaine Bawden

  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyalmost 2 years ago

    your words paint the soundscape the taste and the feelings of winter congratulations

  • Timbuckley, I am so sublimely heart-touched to have a feature here on my poem. I had not dared to dream I could be accepted as a writer. This is such an incredible glad-honor. Thank you so much. A luxuriant hug to you all.

    – Elaine Bawden

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 2 years ago

    this is marvelous! you really described this delightful scene so well that I felt myself fully enter it. Great job!!

  • Thank you so, so much for such a wonderful compliment on this poem. It tickles my heart knowing that you enjoyed it!

    – Elaine Bawden

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsalmost 2 years ago

    A wonderful read Elaine. Thank you. xx

  • Thank you very much for your lovely compliment on this poem, Jane. XX

    – Elaine Bawden

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago

    Please join me in congratulating Erich, our Vibe of the Week.
    Thank you for your support!

    Congratulations! Beautifully written, Elaine. So many good feeliigs here.
    View your feature and join me in celebrating your co-creator’s work
    Dec 2012

  • Tory, I feel so much thankfulness and appreciation that you have selected this poem to be featured here among Authors who create such incredible and beautiful moving writings. I am so honored and humbled.
    A luxuriant hug to you all.

    – Elaine Bawden

  • Chris Gudger
    Chris Gudgeralmost 2 years ago

    Brings back good memories of when I was young and living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. I would enjoy Christmas vacation from school and wished it would last until summer vacation.

  • ♥ Thank you so, much for the really special compliment ,♥

    – Elaine Bawden

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Very beautiful writing Elaine!!

  • ♥ Thank you very much for the really special compliment paintingsheep ,♥

    – Elaine Bawden

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Very well written..goodbye Winter!

  • ♥ So nice of you, thank you paintingsheep ,♥

    – Elaine Bawden

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