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Twelve Steps to Winter

written by: Joan McNerney

 

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

Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days. Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work. Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations.
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