A Child’s Winter Inventory Winter ‘87-’88 Twittering birds; Chattering teeth; Snow coats the trees In an icy sheath. Glittering snow, Bone-chilling breeze; The frost seeps in; Things begin to freeze. Fluttering scarves; Skaters on ice; I think that winter Is really quite nice. To Winter December 16, 1994 Enough of this pitifully weak autumn bluster! I want the worst weather that Winter can muster! Though some prefer sunshine, I crave the elation Of hoarfrost and hailstorms and horripilation. Be off, gentle zephyr! Come, bitter boreal! Strip bare trees defiant; make water congeal! Shed your timidity, come with temerity. Bring the full issue of Winter severity. I pity those people who tremble and quiver In fear of your advent. Great Winter, deliver! If blizzards and snowstorms replace this warm haze, Then numb and frostbitten, I’ll sing to your praise! Originally published in The Lyric Cocoon March 4, 1999 The dull, bare branches of the trees, Some clung to by dead leaves, Wave ghostly fingers in the breeze And claw against the eaves. The sunshine vainly strives to cheer And brighten up the day; The landscape is but one pale smear In dreary shades of gray. Deep frost pervades the barren earth, The cold air swallows sound, And striking is the gloomy dearth Of greenery around. Despite this scene, with glowing eyes Hope boldly lifts its head, Aware that life in stagnance lies Within th’apparent dead. The bleak, the bare, in every place Are all one vast cocoon, And life, in time, will break the case— And spring will follow soon. Fading to White 2015 Twilight all morning, Dusk at mid-day, Overcast afternoon— All the day gray. Where can the sun be Hiding his glow, While the earth listlessly Shivers below? Softly, the answer Falls with the night— The sun has been weaving Earth’s blanket of white. Anna J. Arredondo grew up in Pennsylvania, where she fell in love with poetry from a young age. After living in Mexico for six years, during which time she met and married her husband, she returned to Pennsylvania for one more decade. An engineer by education, home educator by choice, and poet by preference, she relocated in 2017 and currently resides in Westminster, CO with her husband and three school-age children. Anna has recently had poems published in The Lyric and Time of Singing.