"Oh the weather outside is frightful" and I'm still not delighted! I’m already begrudging the winter weather, and though I might enjoy a white Christmas, I miss the warmer times. It is cold, therefore after the new year, I will start the countdown to spring, beginning with the exciting arrival of seed catalogs. Here is what I did before the temperature dropped:
My Pantry Stores
I traveled all the way up to the sun,
managed to steal a little chunk away
for now it’s winter, and I am thankful
for this warm, bright ray.
I captured the humming buzz of the bees
and the wings of a dragonfly.
I plucked the petals of the flowers because
when they at last are dry
I’ll have life instead of the death
of this icy-fingered world.
And the wings will boost my spirits.
All these things I carefully swirled,
then boiled for several hours on end
to make the charmed ingredients blend.
Finally I filled tiny Mason jars
to ensure spring at my house will never end.
I’ll open only for times less bright,
and if your happiness hangs by a string
I gladly give, too, one jar to help your
winter metamorphose into spring.