Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow Slows Things Down

by Pat Laster

back to the ballpoint--
all the hi-tech equipment
down with the ice storm

stranded at the Inn--
while waiting for the snowmelt
we use the hot tub

Snow so
thick on tree limbs
between, the neighbor's house
is invisible--six or more

maple branches
are completely tinseled,
icicled and wind-swayed--like some

what a pity!
the big beautiful snow
and no camera

"Power Outage"
but trying not
to open the fridge. I
nosh on peanut butter and

ecstatic grandchild
visiting from Florida
sees Arkansas snow!

"White Christmas, begone!"
Snow blown
against the north
storm windows remains days
after the first, ice-first  storm of

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

'Tis the Season

by Pat Laster

in earlier days
I was the one who caroled
now I'm sung unto

three nests
in the vine-covered tree
a lone red berry

heavy snow
closing the trail
quieting the woods

only a few more
"Behave yourself" days
until Christmas

fourth night in a row
the 10-year-old thanks me
for his supper

pipe-laying project--
the creche almost hidden
with dirt piles, debris

Blessings on one and all this joyous season. PL

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Gifts of Friendship-- four cinquains

by Pat Laster

I dip
your biscotti
gift into my first cup
of coffee--consider our long

With my
second cuppa,
I eat a slice of your
poppyseed loaf--and think of our

I play
the music box
gift, enjoy both music
and sentiment--and think of our

As I
place each Christmas
stamp--your very welcome
gift--I consider our long, long

c 2012 by Pat Laster dba lovepat press, Benton AR

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas is coming

by Pat Laster
new holiday towels
wisps of clean gray hair now red
in the shower drain
ancient ceiling fan
on its lowest speed
saying, wrong, wrong, wrong
Trip back
from paper box,
the cat uses stepping
stones, while I am left to walk in
wet grass.
I rue day's schedule
that takes me out of the house--
winter winds gusting

trimming Christmas tree
child delights in ornaments
made when he was two
took no hostess gift--
she thanked me with a bottle
of homemade wine
picking up
everything on my list
even without it

lining windows
with glitter drape ... now glitter

c 2012 by Pat Laster [friend me on Facebook--Pat Laster, Benton AR]