once a snowflake fell
on my brow and i loved it so much and i kissed
it and it was happy and called its cousins
and brothers and a web
of snow engulfed me then
i reached to love them all
and i squeezed them and they became
a spring rain and i stood perfectly
still and was a flower
~ nikki giovanni, winter poem
(i saw this poem on facebook and fell in love. isn’t it delightful! just like winter snowflakes.)
i curl up at the foot of the bed,
a stack of pillows behind me,
journal & pen in my hand.
you are lying
on the bed,
(on your bed, you’d say)
your head near me.
you push your head against me,
you let out a long groan-sigh.
it says, this is nice.
it says, i am content.
it says, stay.
in my heart.
if i could,
i would stay
i grew up in the land of winter. in many ways, it is during winter that i feel most alive.
there are moments when i am on my snowshoes or my cross-country skis and the world around me is nothing but blue & grey & white & green – that i think winter just might be my new favorite season.
i got crazy beams
& criss-cross seams
& tire tracks on my soul.
i got rattled gears
& rattlesnake ears
& thunderstorms in the snow.
i got panthers with their claws unfurled
& hear the lilies speak through tears
& even after all these years
a still noon tells me no.
(only because i didn’t have my camera.)
a layer cake of a morning sky.
it was so beautiful & serene that it made me want to outfit myself in those very same colors.
“Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore
hello & welcome!
may you be full of peace + rest + comfort.
for all of us.
peanut butter cookies.
i love december.
this time of year, i often think about the people who are lonely or alone or going through a rough patch. i think about how hard this season must be for them. not only are their lives hard, but they are surrounded by the assumption that they should feel merry & bright, that they should be spending time with a loving family, that their lives should be easy & joyous.
i also think about the people who don’t celebrate anything at all, or who celebrate a less conventional holiday, and can be left feeling uncomfortable & unwelcome.
if this is you, i am holding you in my heart. i wish i could wave a magic wand and make december a little easier on you.
whether you celebrate this season or not, may your december hold moments of peace & comfort.
thing one: my dogwood stems are blooming!
i cut them on thanksgiving morning to decorate the table and then kept them for myself. i noticed the fresh green shoots this morning. every time i look at them, i smile ear-to-ear. they are so tiny + sweet + delightful.
thing two: i made a letter from santa claus!
you can download the letter here.
print the letter, write a child’s name in the appropriate spaces, and leave it for them to find.
surprise + delight + magic. (may it be so.)
it’s for you, with love.
p.s. if you have an elf, maybe the elf can deliver the letter. pretty sure that means he doesn’t have to move that night.