Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31: New Year's Eve

Last day of the year
I eat the moon and stars
left over from Christmas.

Friday, December 30, 2016

December 30: Intruder

I can't see it
but I know where the hawk's perched
by following the crows.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29: End of the holidays

After the tree's down,
Christmas packed away,
I'm suddenly very tired.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28: Readings in philosophy

reading as we drive home
until it's too dark to see.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 27: Parking lot omen

Three crows in a row--
end of year augury
portending (we hope) good.

Monday, December 26, 2016

December 26: Biscotti

Christmas sacrament:
my dad's homemade biscotti
dipped in hot cocoa.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

December 25: Starry night

Driving home from "Star Wars"--
Mount Battie star shining bright
from miles away.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 24: Christmas Eve

Night before Christmas--
instead of church
we play a long game of Scrabble.

Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23: Carols

Singing Good King Wenceslas
as we make our way
up the snowy mountain.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 22: Unwind

After the party
on the couch with the cat
lulled by the dishwasher

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21: Solstice

On the highway:
"Santa sees you when you're speeding."
Orion overhead.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 20: Pair-bonding

First the male cardinal
then the female
flushes from the bird feeder.

Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19: Social media

From a Portland bar
a friend shares with me
the holiday cocktail list.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18: Insomnia

Late night after snowfall--
river a black ribbon
unspooling through dreams.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 17: O Tannenbaum

Snow falling all day.
After selling Christmas trees
my gloves smell like sap.

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 16: Festive

Cocktail with a friend.
Twin Christmas trees reflecting
in her glasses.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 15: Cold snap

Below zero
Outside the restaurant
branches hissing in the wind

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 14: Full Moon continued

By light of day
admiring full moon photos
on social media.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 13: Long Nights Moon

Frosted window--
trying to see the full moon
without stepping outside.

Monday, December 12, 2016

December 12: Appointment

Outside Family Planning
a sky-filling sunset
stops me in my tracks.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 11: Storm warning

Cold haze veils the moon--
beautiful even though
it means a storm's coming.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 10: Dark at 4:30

Waxing moon shining back in
at the newly lit
Christmas tree. And me.

Friday, December 9, 2016

December 9: Apple tree in December

Cold day, apple tree--
seven apple-colored doves,
one bright cardinal.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 8: Driving home

After the snow squall clears--
suddenly, Orion
over the white fields.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December 7: Back home

After being away
for several days the cat
wanders the house crying.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December 6: Basilica Ste.-Anne de Beaupre

Kangaroo, stork, ray--
surprised to find a zoo carved
on the end of the pews.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5: Cold morning in Quebec City

Cal├Ęche horse wears a coat.
A shop's bare-armed mannequins
make me shiver.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 4: Vieux-Quebec

Above the cold river,
above the lit-up Chateau,
slim moon rising.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 3: First snow

A kid again
waking just after dawn
to see winter's first snowfall.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2: Green Mountains

Driving northward through Vermont--
where Camel's Hump should be
only thick clouds.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1: Dark

First day of advent:
the nights still grow longer.
Let's turn on all the lights.