Beach Writer in the Rocky Mountains

Alice M. Batzel

Published Author, Playwright,

Journalist, Poet


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www.alicembatzel.com


FIRST  WINTER  DAYS

by Alice M. Batzel


Gray skies silence autumn.

Harvest sheds bulge

with tiller, weeder, and plow.

Waxed paper packets hold favorite seeds.


Cool temperatures awaken us in the morning.

Frost dusts the last blades of grass.

Cold blowing rains speak of what is to come.

Snow gently falls.


Quilts and blankets pile high atop beds.

Coats, sweaters, caps, hoods, toboggans, scarfs,

heavy socks, and boots stand ready

to armor body, head, and feet.


Cold winds whistle. Hot cider soothes our shivers.

Soups and stews simmer on home stoves.

Fruit cobblers bubble in Dutch ovens.

Yeast bread bakes in loaves.


Lingering apples cling to orchard branches.

Birds scavenge for winter berries.

Rumbling thunder shakes the ominous dark air.

A squirrel scampers for final gathering before his long sleep.



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(copyright 2021 - all rights reserved by author)

(poem's photo source/credit: Facebook page, Season's Splendor)

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PUBLISHED:  August 2, 2021

IN SPITE OF THE DARK:  A Collection of Poetry and Prose

Publisher:  Willow Park Press

ISBN-10 : ‎ 1733290818

ISBN-13 ‏: ‎ 978-1733290814

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BQ5WVXQ


AWARD RECIPIENT AS A CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR 

IN THIS GOLD QUILL AWARD-WINNING COLLECTION