In the spirit of the holiday, today I’m sharing a poem that I wrote a few years ago late in December, when Christmas was almost upon us. I hope you are keeping warm this month & enjoying all the wonderful sights, sounds, smells & tastes of the season. I wish you stress-free moments & peace after your shopping is done!
Floating down through the foggy air, a mist of chill
rests itself into my black coffee,
causing the heat inside my cup to rise and envelop me.
Its outline shows in the reflection
of the thin glassed window beside me,
my breath forms a barrier on its surface, making it
impossible to see
the bustle of holiday shoppers in the snowy depths
on the other side.
I am here for that solitary feeling,
stirring my sugar, one single lump, I watch it swirl
and lighten the liquids color.
I add the milky film of cream and transform it further,
until it nearly matches the flowing flakes nestling
near that window,
they form an off-white cylinder near my boots
where I have tracked a in a bit.
Those delicate flakes are the only part of the world
I have let in
to this silent moment,
as I sip my holiday treasure,
away from the hurrying and scurrying,
content to be in the presence of only myself,
until my cup is empty and I must
rejoin the masses,
being the last minute shopper
that I am…
Copyright Stacie Eirich December 13, 2016
For those who’ve been following the progress of my novel, Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny – you can now read and listen to the Prologue + Chapters 1, 2, 3 at the links below. It will be published in 3 short days on Amazon, December 16th!