January's Child

Julie Claire Ma

Give me the cold  

the dark  

the still frozen nights  

the bitter blue mornings  

the 50 kinds of snow  

but especially the  

           softly falling   

           in the woods  

           kind.    

With cold fingers   

clasped around a hot cup  

cheeks rosy with

pleasure   

or maybe just the wind -

it looks nice on you anyway

Julie Claire Ma was born in January, and is happiest in the midst of a winter storm. She publishes horse stories at www.julie-claire.com.