Eyes Squeezed Tight

hoarfrost maple

Eyes squeezed tight to shut out cold

can’t see a winter world lit gold,

will not perceive the gift of ember,

can’t truly LIVE throughout December.

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Our instinct when in pain is to flinch and shut it out – what are we missing of the lesson intended?

Artist’s Brush

blue winter sky

Artist’s brush, dipped in embers,

paints the scene of cold Decembers;

easel’s mate, in canvas clouds,

etches skies in icy shrouds.