fresh start to 2023


Sharing Stories
January 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Melting snow
Melting snow April Ryan



Oh yes, I remember December 2022,

the snowy, icicle cold backyard view.

Hummingbird frustration—frozen feeder,

sat on a branch needing a sunshine heater.

Squirrel coated white, hid under the deck,

the snow mounding deep—up to his neck.

Our cul-de-sac street turned mirror reflection,

decorative lights colored road—icy projection.

A pair of masked raccoons ran across the yard,

little bandits stealing frozen time—not too hard.

End of December, rain and sunny days—snow free.

Welcome a Happy New Year—fresh start to 2023.

April Ryan retired Seattle bus driver, good friend, hardworking and prolific Sharing Stories poet and writer.

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