I heard it snowed today again in Denver
all the ground looks like a frosty, winter wonderland
Here in Texas it has been another a muggy day
why we aren’t getting rain I can’t quite understand
Storm clouds are moving up now from the coastline
they spread and shroud the Monday morning sky
The pressure in the air is heavy as a stone
We’ll be getting 5 inches later, forecasts say
Sometimes I get wistful when I hear about the snowfall
I think back to other springs in several lifetimes past
I see young boys in snowsuits bundled up against the cold
and smile at the brief memories but the visuals don’t last
I am glad they got the snow today in Denver
I hope we’ll see the promised rain before the morning light
Today, I’ll celebrate my loved ones 71st birthday
It’s a good enough life Romeo, I wish you peaceful dreams tonight .
A holiday! Free from the office madness
still awaken early, as is my habit;
birds not yet aroused.
I put on coffee to perk and my Christmas slippers
step outside to see what this dawn will bring.
The fragrance of roses
draws me down the damp, muddy path
still wet from yesterday’s rain.
The very best roses are at the very corner
of the house
where the pathway ends
and the deck begins
When Romeo returned
after decades being away
he transplanted them from our neighbors yard
who did not care for Roses
and was pleased when I started tending them.
He offered them to us when he was moving away-
I said yes.
meant Romeo had to dig and pry them up
from their current space
repositioning them in our backyard.
He was not as overwhelmed with joy
these many years after,
a testament to his care of them
and love for me.
This morning I snip a few of the finest specimens
tucking them into four
brilliant glass vases…
just to make him smile