The Winter World of Children

Written for:  Friday Writings #56 - Cozy

“In honor of my chunky sweaters, this week’s optional prompt is cozy. Use the word in whichever way feels right in a piece of poetry or prose. Or share an older piece instead.”

Red-crayon faces of
children in cocoons
of coats, woolly hats,
warm mittens.  They play
outdoors, smitten with
snow mountains-climbing,
falling . . . POW!
pelting each other 
with snowballs, 
and laughing.  Insulated
in mind and body, they never
feel cold weather.  Reluctantly 

they head home, peel off
layers, hang socks and mittens
to dry on steam heat.  Smell
that wet, woolly scent.
Cheeks still blushed, they
sit at kitchen table 
drinking hot cocoa, piles
of marshmallows floating
on top.  Cookies accompany. 
Natural nodding of heads flow 
into napping dreams where
snowpeople talk, squirrels 
laugh, and the world glitters. 

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to The Winter World of Children

  1. Paula Light says:

    You captured that well! ❄️


  2. Oh, gorgeous! Cosy indeed, and evocative of childhood delights.


  3. Jim says:

    Kids love playing in the snow. I’m wondering whether or not these kids played the snow path tag game, “Fox and Goose”. Did you ever?


  4. This takes me back because that’s exactly what we used to do. Now, here, there is little to no snow and children seldom play outside anymore. Oh, and to Jim’s question….Fox and Goose was a favorite!!!


  5. So beautiful. The imagery is amazing.


  6. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    Sounds like a perfect day!


  7. Ayala Zarf says:

    Lovely capture.


  8. No, children never seem to feel cold weather when they’re having fun…


  9. Stacy MS says:

    my favorite lines:
    napping dreams where
    snowpeople talk, squirrels
    laugh, and the world glitters

    you’ve written about my own childhood….crazy, now that I think about it, we never did really feel the ‘cold.’


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