When Old Man Winter comes
In the middle of a snowy night,
December’s magic unfolds.
He sends playful snowflakes
that chase one another
through dark and stormy skies,
piling up on rooftops and branches,
covering pastures and fields,
silencing the world in whirling whiteness.
And the children awake with cheery cries,
Delighting in the changed landscape.
With open arms, they welcome him
Like a dear, old friend
Who has been away too long.
All Around Farm, Gwynedd Valley., PA 1998