Ice in January

Ice coated branches crash against
the roof of a house where
a baby is sleeping.
a child is playing,
a man is resting, and
I am writing.

The crackle of fallen ice,
twigs and sticks fill
the gap between
crashes so loud I look
at the sleeping babe.

Every crash,
every boom,
every forceful noise
outside this house brings forth
the most terrifying scenes.

In my mind,
one of the timber giants
leans too close to
the roof and
loses its balance.

In my mind,
every ice shard is
large enough
to announce its
hostile entry.

In my mind,
the branches rage
from their ice prisons,
falling fast against
the fortress of home.

The intruder is wood and water
that steals warmth and comfort.

All this while
the candle burns,
the child plays,
and the baby sleeps.

Candle on table in front of window
Candle on table in front of window

Tummy Time

Little baby cries on the floor of our small blue house. Trying to calm the tears of tummy time, I join her on the floor. This does not help and instead she firmly places her face into her mat and screams as if she has been abandoned to the elements and will never see her family again.

Deciding that this is enough, I scoop her up, my hand greeted with tears, spit up, and baby boogies, and place her in my lap. In the safety of her mama’s arms, she lets out a few sneezes and some excited coos as she flexes her fingers over my arm.

Notebook, pen and baby feet

Pumpkin Spice Lattes: A Poem

A picture of a coffee mug that says, "pumpkin spice everything" surrounded by pumpkins

My daughters are pumpkin spice lattes.

October-born with cloves and cinnamon, they fill autumn with change. A new birth, another year older, the anticipated benefits of age–“When I’m five years old–”

Leaves the color of nutmeg and ginger shower their heads as they play in festive canter. They laugh as they gallop around the yard, chasing their youth like squirrels stashing acorns.

Fall in New England is a caffeinated season. Eagerly awaiting frosty celebrations, they sparkle with excitement as they snuggle in warm blankets and drink from warm mugs.

Creative Spaces

Creativity demands space–space to digest our experiences, reflect on emotions, contemplate the human experience. This space provides us with opportunities for introspection, a necessary component of artistic processes. Without such space, we find our muses have left us and the distractions of our daily lives leech beyond their usefulness and rob of us any creative impulse.

This is the old trope of writer’s block. There is nothing new about “letting life get in the way” of creative processes. The creative experience and the creation of art in its many forms provides a window to our soul and insight into our worlds. Yet, it also exposes us to critics and criticism. Sometimes it is simply feels safer to succumb to the “busy-ness” of our lives than it is create a space for vulnerability.