Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

As Soon as You See the First Flake

When the first flake
Of the first snow of the season falls,
You grab your camera and record
The first flakes on the boxwood.

You notice the neighbor dog
Shivering on your porch.

You get her a blanket.

You put out seed for the birds.

You dust the snow off an old mare.

You play with a border collie
Who doesn’t care how cold it is;
She will fetch as long as you will throw.

You watch snow pile up on the gate.

You’re glad your horses
Have enough hay for the winter.

You watch the snow
Blanket your house.

And you wonder—
What the heck am I doing
Out in the cold
When I could be warm inside?

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Blogger Amy Tate said...

Because it's much more fun playing in the snow!!!!!

11:33 AM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

Nice little dusting!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Claudia Condiff said...

Love the way your mind works!!!

10:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Ridge Gal said...

You're out taking photos for your blog, silly. We all do it...lmao

7:21 PM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

I had to crack up seeing the neighbor's dog all wrapped up in a blanket. Too funny.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Amy Hanek said...

We went out to buy our xmas tree during that first big snowfall. What a treat. And all three of my kids ran out to play too. Not just you. LOL.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Little Ruby Sherwood, the dog, spends a lot of time here when her "mommy" is at work. Wrapping her up seemed to be the neighborly thing to do.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Sally Roseveare said...

For the first snowfall, I hurried downstairs for my camera, put another card in, and came back up to shoot pictures of the cardinals in the snow. Snow? By the time I came back upstairs most snow had blown away! Loved the shots you took.

12:03 PM  

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