Two poems for the season from poet and novelist Paddy Eger
The eagle scans the canal
From his tree snag above the shore.
Gulls glide and squawk
Disappearing into descending clouds
Winter ducks float and dive
Creating waves of concentric circles.
Perching birds nibble cones
Flitting deep into protective foliage.
Squirrels race along branches
Barking at competitors.
Fog blanks out the world beyond the shore.
winter in its home of fir bough and pine cones
to crackling fires drowning out icy winds
clear blue skies, frosty windows, and icicles
festive spiced wine and mingled warm flavors
icy ledges, cold door knobs, and woolen scarves
Blended together, we’ll enjoy the season
Paddy Eger is the author of the award-winning ballet-themed trilogy: 84 Ribbons, When the Music Stops-Dance On, and Letters to Follow- Dancer’s Adventure. She also writes Educating America, materials for classroom assistants.