5th of December

Rain and snow coming down
at the same time.
We are hovering
just above freezing.
This night is not hospitable.
A stiff wind
blows the sleet in sideways.

To huddle up here with you
in blankets and wool slippers
will keep me humming
through the holidays.
Warm cocoa and candlelight
tell me we are in the festive season.
Clementine oranges
are sweet and bright.

The snow came early this year
and hard winter has yet to start,
hasn’t dug in its heels,
but, kicking and bucking,
lets us know it’s ready to deal.
The cold winds of December
are chomping at the bit
for a good ripping blizzard.
We can cuddle when the fire is lit.

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