12 Steps to Winter
Joan McNerney1 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
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.
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