Wrapped in my Indian blanket, I light a fire
and sit alone to watch the winter go by
Winter solstice... “Where the sun stands still.”
From my frost-swirled window
I see three giggling young maidens
oblivious to the hostile frozen wind.
They stop to catch tumbling snowflakes
upon their tongues.
I feel the chill, and pull my blanket closer to my chest.
Older now, I can no longer run and frolic
I envy the children as they play.
But, at that moment I realize
my trusted friends are always nearby,
and then I smile.
I allow the blanket to slump a bit,
and begin to feel a warm glow
Nightfall settles-darkness unravels.
I hear a tapping against my window pane
A dear friend enters and sits beside me.
We share the blanket and the fire now crackling in merriment.
The December wind heckles my clapboards
although its anger I fear not,
I am protected in my small shanty.
Among my friends I am kept warm and safe,
and we sit together to watch the winter go by!