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Winter Time
Barbara Eknoian


I remember that winter of sleigh riding.
The blizzard caused Jungle Hill to dead end.
We wanted the snow days to last forever.

Three of us managed to fit on my sled,
two scrunched sitting and one kneeling in back.
I remember that winter of sleigh riding.

We sledded down the hill then traipsed up again
with mittens soaked, our noses running.
We wanted the snow days to last forever.

I always waited too long to go home
and I'd wind up wetting my leggings.
I remember that winter of sleigh riding.

I'd have hot soup and change snowsuits
then drag my sled down the street again.
We wanted the snow days to last forever.

I imagined I was surrounded by igloos
as the banks of snow loomed higher than me.
I remember that winter of sleigh riding.
We wanted the snow days to last forever.

© by Barbara Eknoian.
Used with the authorís permission.

Barbara Eknoian writes poetry, novels, and short stories. Her work has appeared in numerous venues and her latest novel is Romance Is Not Too Far from Here. Barbara lives in La Mirada, California with her daughter, grandson, and two cats;
she says the younger one keeps the family on their toes because she's full of mischief!

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I grew up in Kansas City, and we had incredible winters! We even were able to ice skate on some of the city fountains and on the pond in Loose Park! It was so cold, but we were having such a good time, we didn't notice!
Posted 12/25/2023 08:24 PM
Made me envious and wishing we had stayed back east for my childhood!
Posted 12/16/2023 11:21 PM
I see what you saw through the eyes of my grand-boys watching it snow in Nebraska this past Thanksgiving.
Posted 12/16/2023 01:47 PM
wonderful poem--brought my childhood back
Posted 12/16/2023 01:43 PM
Brings back memories of the 60s when it snowed every Wednesday for six weeks here in the Foothills of NC. Great poem!!
Posted 12/16/2023 12:57 PM
Lori Levy:
Brings back memories of my childhood in Vermont. I can picture the scene clearly.
Posted 12/16/2023 12:39 PM
michael escoubas:
Like your villanelle, Barbara. Perfect form for your snow-sled creation.
Posted 12/16/2023 11:29 AM
Posted 12/16/2023 10:55 AM
Leslie Hodge:
Lovely villanelle.
Posted 12/16/2023 10:42 AM
I love the repetition..
Posted 12/16/2023 10:33 AM

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