Alice M. Batzel
Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer 

               Alice M. Batzel  

        Published  Playwright, Journalist


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PREPARING TO MEET WINTER



by Alice M. Batzel




Getting ready for winter is serious business.

For each person, there are similarities in the process.

Nevertheless, no mistake, vast are the differences.

Alas, one and all, get ready we must.

Winter will surely come, no matter what.



Stock the shelves and cupboards,

wash the coats, scarfs, and toboggan caps.

Get the flu shot and update immunizations,

ramp up the stock of tissues and cough medicine.

Good heavens, don't forget the thick socks,

snow boots, and long thermal underwear.

My, oh, my, what a job to do.



The air grows cold and damp,

the ominous sky creeps of murky gray,

the gusty wind whirls and whistles.

Flannel pajamas become my best friend,

and the electric heating pad stays plugged in.



Check the car's engine and tires,

replenish the bin of ice melt.

Secure the home's roof overhead,

seal the doors and caulk the window frames.

Drain the lawn's irrigation system, and

tightly wrap thermal socks around the faucets.



What more to do haunts and questions each day.

Souls grow weary of clearing the garden,

organizing the garage, storage room, and shed.

Turn on the oven, bake bread, muffins, and a pie or two,

roast a chicken atop potatoes and root vegetables.

Not to be forgotten, a stack of books for reading,

an ample supply of hot chocolate,

and a warm quilt for a long winter's nap.



Yes, indeed. Getting ready for winter is serious business.

For each person, there are similarities in the process.

Nevertheless, no mistake, vast are the differences.

Alas, one and all, get ready we must.

Winter will surely come, no matter what.




(copyright 11/17/2018 - Alice M. Batzel - all rights reserved)


(photo sources:  (L) from the Facebook page of Season's Splendor, 

(C) from the Facebook page of Garden and Decor, 

(R) from the Facebook page of Season's Splendor.)