White Christmas

The wind gusts and something skitters across the buried trail: a leaf.
My boots sink into the snow with each step, challenging my ability to walk.
An enchanting wonderland surrounds me, but I’d rather be warm.

Shivering, I wonder if I will ever feel warm.
I dream of spring, when the trees will finally leaf.
Trudging through the snow, I continue to walk.

Regardless of weather, every day I walk.
My dogs don’t even wear sweaters yet they always seem warm.
One of them chews on a leaf.

I leaf through memories of Christmas past and present as I walk, and soon I am warm.

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Oh look, I wrote a nonfiction tritina! Go check out the other tritinas on the YeahWrite fiction|poetry grid!

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12 Responses to “White Christmas”

  1. Shilpa GupteDecember 27, 2017 at 1:33 am #

    Memories do bring warmth, and joy, too, to an otherwise dull moment.

    Loved your words, Stacie! 🙂

    • StacieDecember 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

      Aw thanks. It was fun to do a nonfiction tritina. I didn’t mean to; it just kind of happened so then I had to write another one for the fiction|poetry grid!

  2. Cyn KDecember 27, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    I enjoyed the suspense of that first line – the something skittering. It drew me into the scene right away.

    • StacieDecember 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

      Thanks Cyn. That actually happened. It was a funny movement for a leaf blowing across the snow but it really was skittering!

  3. MargaretDecember 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    Ugh! Winter! I’m right there with you. I admire you continuing to walk. I’m a fair weather walker.

  4. Danielle DayneyDecember 28, 2017 at 5:39 am #

    I wish I had the motivation to walk more! It’s such a fantastic way to meditate. I think I’ve been inspired to write a tritina next week!

  5. LisaDecember 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    OOH, yes! Do eeeet!

  6. LisaDecember 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    Stacie, this was lovely. Like a meditation. I was definitely drawn in from the start. <3

  7. IASoupMamaDecember 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    Stay warm, my friend. I know how much you love the extreme cold…

  8. MelonyDecember 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Thanks for cooling me down with your beautiful telling of winter’s cold. In this hundred degree weather lately, I imagine I’ll never be cold again. haha Lovely tritina! 🙂

  9. Michelle HDecember 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    I love the way you started with suspense, moved into ordinary, then finished with warm. I wanted to know why you were walking in the cold, then you revealed that you always walk, and ended with something heartwarming. Just lovely.

  10. Ram MuraliDecember 28, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Stacie – that was masterfully done. In such a short piece, you actually managed to ‘build’ impact bit by bit. Very well done!

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