Walking home

December
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

Walking home

Elaine Bawden

Port Angeles, United States

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