New Year just around the corner ….
A little snap at one side of the room
and an answering snap at the other:
Stiff from the cold and idleness,
the old house cracking it knuckles.
Then the great yawn of the furnace.
Even the lampshade is drowsy,
its belly full of a warm yellow light.
Out under the moon, though,
there is at least one wish
against this winter sleep:
A road leads into the new year,
deliberate as a bride
in her sparkling white dress of new snow.
~ Ted Kooser. “December 26. Clear and Cold.”Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison