Twelve Steps To Winter 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’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Spectrum, three Bright Hill Anthologies and several Kind of A Hurricane Publications.  She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.  Four of her books have been published by fine small literary presses.


 A wonderful winter poem from Joan McNerney 🙂  Thank you very much Joan 🙂  PoetryPasta wants to read and post YOUR December poems 🙂


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