Twelve Steps To Winter

1   Kicking up piles of foliage,
the wind tries to enter my house.

2   I can see my breath right
in front of me now.

3   Maple leaves, oak leaves, all fall
leaves tumbling through air.

4   Window panes clattering like
nervous teeth at midnight.

5   Frost pinches my cheeks, kissing me.
A cool, cruel lover.

6   Quickly, quietly needles of snow
embroider tall fir trees.

7   That must be my friends stamping
their boots outside.

8   As the kettle boils, aromas of hot
cider spice the kitchen.

9   Our favorite songs stream
through hallways.

10   Sparkling butter cookies melting
in our mouths.

11   A tiger cat with big green eyes
tosses balls of yarn.

12   Galaxies of snow stars whirling
every which way.

Joan McNerney
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