Wintertime Blues

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Winter arrives on schedule every year

Bringing too much snow and cold I fear

An ice storm starts off the winter season

Staying off of the roads for good reason

Later snowfall begins to pile up outside my door

Growing deeper and deeper, please no more!

Now a polar vortex is hammering my home

Blowing Arctic air all the way to my bones

For some, they say winter is truly a paradise

Thinking to myself, winter surely ain’t nice

I bundle up in many snug and warm layers

Trying to move outside without any cares

The snow has buried the sidewalk and my car

Shoveling cannot be healthy when it’s this far

I retreat back inside to be near a toasty fire

Deciding to remain in bed until winter retires

Like a bear, I stay warm while we both hibernate

Waiting for spring’s early arrival will be our fate




Blizzard’s Awesome Fury

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The blizzard arrives quickly in the mid-afternoon

Snowing and blowing in full force much too soon

Dangerous Arctic cold blasts across the land

Alerting all to keep warmth and safety at hand

Homes surrounded by constant, swirling snow

Creating snowdrifts as high as the windows go

Furnaces and boilers work overtime to provide heat

Keeping all inside warm from the cold is quite a feat

Small towns feel painfully isolated and totally alone

Waiting for supply trucks that can only stay home

Senior class girls feel heartbroken when they hear

Postponing the school’s Winter Formal that’s so dear

Narrow, empty highways fill with too much snow and ice

Waiting for snowplows that stand ready to roll the dice

Ranchers plowing deep and drifting snow with big tractors

Reaching their hungry cattle to feed is a life-saving factor

Teachers continue playing cards and games all night long

Knowing that tomorrow’s classes definitely won’t be on

The grocery store shelves grow empty and scarce of food

Praying the storm stops to change everyone’s gloomy mood

Children enjoy the time that is now full of fun and play

Cheering that school has been postponed for a few days

Friends and neighbors check closely on one another

Remembering old Ed who doesn’t want any to bother

The longer the blizzard rages will bring everyone much worry

Fretting about a loss of electricity that may come in a hurry

Finally, the storm slowly ceases its frigid, winter blast

Knowing that for most, let’s move forward now at last

The town and the ranches work tirelessly to dig out

Opening up roads to ease many worries and doubts

The old timers say this awesome storm is worse than ‘78

Knowing that all have survived the fury’s reckless fate


Frozen Morning


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An elderly woman sits at her kitchen table

Wanting to stay warm today, if she is able


An Arctic blast from up North has arrived

Challenging her to survive and stay alive


Inside of the window, frosted over with ice

Wishing for a heated room, would be nice


Her few needs are quite simple at this time

Praying the thermostat will begin its climb


Ancient, unreliable space heater offers very little heat

Realizing now, she needs a blanket to cover her feet


She lives all alone without any other family close by

Losing hope, her faith seems ready to quit and cry


Suddenly, there is a knock at her frozen door

Opening it to discover the Lord brings more


A stranger with a fuel truck has finally arrived

Smiling, the woman begins to feel more alive


He fills her empty fuel tank until it’s almost full

Checking her boiler, it is working without a lull


A sense of inadequacy overwhelms the woman to tears

Feeling desperate, her pocketbook is empty she fears


The helpful man simply ignores her worries and leaves

Telling her that a shepherd will take care of her needs


The woman sits stunned and can’t understand what to see

Looking down an isolated road that is as empty as can be


Who paid to fill her empty fuel tank?  She has no idea at all

Feeling a tender hug from above, her loving Lord pays a call