Flipping the calendar to December,
thinking of times I remember.
Long-johns under layers of clothes,
extinct wooly mammoth arose.
Sled descending an icy hill,
arrow fast a red-hot thrill.
Puffed breaths warm a cold nose.
Snow masked trees—white rose.
Bell ringer chimes fill the air,
colorful lights glow winter fair.
Celebrating the change of season,
life has no rhyme—a secret reason.
April Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sharing Stories and Northwest Prime Time.
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