Winter’s Comforts

these are the days of music
of light from every corner
when even our neighbor who scowls
changes his porch light for red

it glows on the snow
deepening on his sidewalk
where tiny dogs pass by
in sweaters against the cold

our old deaf dog
curled tightly in his bed
rouses himself to bark
at the moon’s silent passing

its light makes dark beauty
of the tree where in summer
five kinds of birds nest
in its hollow places

we who have the privilege
to love old dogs and moonlight
have no hollow places
just music and each other’s eyes


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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3 Responses to Winter’s Comforts

  1. rita kowats says:

    This last verse is so lovely, Jane. i think of the German word, gemutlich, which means something like sitting before a roaring fire after a stroll in the snow with a loved one! Thank you.

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