Until December

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Until December

The bitter winter chill has arrived…
A north wind blowing in
From some remote arctic location
That seldom wanders my mind…
………………..Until December

Cold air seeping through the cracks
In the walls of this old house…
Floors resembling the feel of an icy pond
Against my bare feet…
As the snow begins to fall
Atop the branches of the pine
My thoughts of winters past…
Of time before my aging eyes
Had turned from blue to gray…
Where a child could catch a snowflake
In the palm of his tiny hand
Turn his face toward the sky
And smile with innocence…

My bones absorb the cold
Far more than just the year before
Even with extra tallow
Having taken residence beneath my skin…
My feet still cold inside my shoes
No crackling fire to warm them…
Yet I recall the child who sat upon the hearth
Enchanted with the thought of snow
To fall upon the willow
Long before the feet of crows
Had graced my mellowed eyes…

This old kitchen table
Where I often scrawl the thoughts
Of a man more antediluvian
Than that of my own recollection…
Can speak of the laughter…
The sadness…
The tears…
The stories told by those much older…
Much wiser than I…
Molded into the marrow of its soul…
It wears the wine and whiskey spilled
Immersed into its grain
Like purple hearts against the soldiers breast…
It speaks of Christmas dinners past…
Of birthdays come and gone…
Of hands held both above
And neath the wood…
Chairs that creak and speak of those
Who rested in their mold
Yet never speak the secrets told
On snowy winter nights…

The sleet against the window pane
Like the sound of a thousand crows
Pecking at the nuts beneath the pine…
The wind is howling through the cracks
Of the crippled wooden door
Reminding me of those who’ve danced
Upon this icy floor…
The sound of old piano strings
Ringing in the night
The rhymes so often drowned
Within the laughter…
Long painted nails
Tapping time against the keys
With voices blending well
Through breath of beer…
Thoughts that sometime slip my mind
Like quivering neath the sheets…
Forgotten amidst the warmth of dreams…
……………………………Until December

Michael33

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19 thoughts on “Until December

    • Something tells me that in your many travels… you have experienced old cold houses and most likely much worse than I could ever imagine. Other than the old cold house where I now dwell… that has been in the family for many decades… these memories are quite beautiful and have stirred my heart since I was very young. It’s nice to share them from time to time with others.

      Hope you are doing well Pheobe… I read a recent post of yours and plan on commenting, probably at length… because it was such a special post of a most beautiful personal nature… Those seem to be the one’s that touch my heart the deepest…

      Hope your Friday, your new year… and the year to come… are filled with many beautiful moments.

      Michael

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    • Nathalie… It is so wonderful to hear from you. I have become very good at seeing and feeling the light that one sends in my direction. It is what stirs my soul… what inspires my writing… what helps to heal all that is wrong… and I thank you so very much for always… brightening my day.

      Wishing you a most beautiful 2017 Nathalie… Thank you for being here with me.

      Michael

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  1. Bittersweet are the words. Hauntingly beautiful. You have a way to weave words to bring out the emotion in others, well I can’t speak for others but for me is to be in that poem which is rare for someone to do. My wish for you is joy, happiness and peace this Holiday season and throughout your journey. Be well my friend

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    • Thank you so much Joseph for your always caring and compassionate comments. I am humbled and honored by your expressions of ‘feeling’ this poem. These memories have stirred my soul on many occasions and I’m so pleased that they have stirred yours as well…

      Hoping the new year brings to you many beautiful moments and memories that stir your heart…

      Michael

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  2. Hello Michael. I am so touched by your writing which others have said is beautiful but also so deeply sad. Reminds me of the Great Gatsby when the parties were over and the emptiness that remains. I have been longing for a White Christmas but that is with a romantic notion of such a Winter, This poem so wrapped with emotion and experiences of life makes me feel the deep numbing cold with you. I’d love to hear from you,
    Warmest wishes to you. Chevvy

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    • Hi Chevvy… I wish I could express how your comments makes me feel, but I find no words that can truly portray my feelings. Yes… the parties, the family, the emotions that this old house has absorbed are truly beautiful… even those that linger in a bit of sadness cannot be forgotten… because all of them come together to make those memories so very special to me. I am most fortunate to have those memories lingering in my mind… and to think of those smiles and laughter… those dancing so joyously in the lamplight… that still dwells within these walls… upon this table where I sit at this moment… and in the heart of this aging man… who cherishes every moment of them all… Isn’t it funny what becomes so special to us as we wander through our lives? What we have or what we don’t have… becomes virtually unimportant… except for the love… that can never be destroyed or forgotten.

      I’d love to hear from you as well, Chevvy… I will email you very soon so that we may chat and catch up on life… from very different parts of our world…

      My most wonderful wishes for a beautiful year ahead for you…

      Michael

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      • I am so glad to hear from you Michael. You know that it is never a one way street. I derive so much from communicating with you and appreciating life so much more seeing it and feeling it through your eyes and words. I love the way you use “moment” If we take life for each moment it gives us or has given us, how much more gratifying it can be. Even as I write this note to you, I hope you’ll smile in wonder that a stranger from a distant world is thinking about you and thrilled to hear from you. I wish you and your family a year of love and abundance in many beautiful moments.
        With my warmest wishes! Chevvy

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  3. Another masterpiece filled with emotion, memories and energy Michael.. I hope all is well with you my friend.. Apologies I have not been visiting as much around WP.. as I retreated within my own shell for a time..
    Know that I wish you a Wonderful Christmas.. I hope the chill of your Winter doesn’t seep too deep into your bones.. ( I know I feel the cold now so much more )..
    Sending Love and Blessings for a Happy Healthy New Year Michael.. May it be blessed with all that you wish upon yourself..

    Love and Blessings
    Sue xxx ❤

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    • Good evening Sue. I’m so glad to hear from you. I’m not sure if I’ve ever written a masterpiece, but most of my writing does come with a great deal of emotion… much of which I have found difficult to express by any other means. I suppose most of us who enjoy writing are like that to some extent.

      I’m happy to know that you are back with us for a while, although sometimes… it is wonderful to retreat into that shell… It can really refresh the spirit at times.

      It is apparently going to be a cold winter here in the southern plains this year, but we did enjoy a quite extended summer and fall… so perhaps I shouldn’t complain too much. As long as the ice stays away and no sub-zero temperatures find me… I will endure… but like you say… we do feel the cold more as we age. So I’m sure I’m going to being saying “burrrr” a lot this winter. I would prefer an eternal springtime… but I suppose I will have to wait till I wander into other worlds to experience that.

      Thank you for the love and blessings… That’s exactly what has continued to carry me through so many difficult times…

      Love and blessings to you and yours, Sue… and many beautiful moments throughout the coming year…

      Michael

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      • Lovely to get this long reply Michael.. I hope your winter is not as harsh as its predicted to be.. Here its going colder.. harsh frosts the last couple of days.. Sending you warm wishes for the New Year along with some healing hugs… Have a Peaceful Happy New Year my friend and I so thank you for your love and Blessings.. They are always returned with much love to you and your family..
        ❤ Sue

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  4. This brought back a sweet nostalgia for me. I grew up in part in the midwest then returned as an adult. I live in an old general store now, chilly! But I love the fresh snow, always have. We bought tnis place thinking of giving those same enchanted memories to yet to be born grandkids and to meet it again ourselves.

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    • Hi Linda… Wow… I bet living in an old general store can be draftier than my old house, but most interesting as well. It seems those “enchanted memories” become even more enchanted as I age. It has been quite cold here the past few days… 7 to 8 degree lows… a bit unusual for the southern plains and not particularly helpful for my pneumonia, but it is suppose to warm somewhat during the next week… I’m looking forward to sunshine to warm my face…

      Hope you are feeling well today… Thanks for dropping by… its good to hear from you…

      Michael

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