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Eight Tiny Snowmen

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Sunshine
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Eight Tiny Snowmen

Over the hills and dales of memories
comes a winter long ago unto me
to the Dakotas my family did go
where I first felt cold, along with snow.

A Western girl was I at four
California born, knew summer’s door;
but ancestry was from the middle States,
travel there and you will relate.

Memories are full of warm
safe in aunt’s kitchen, no harm,
red-headed cousins all around
love, and food, did abound.

Cousins all were much older
Monday came, books on shoulder
as they laughed their way to school
I sat alone, there on the stool.

I must have pleaded, or perhaps whined
to go outside to play for some time,
but no mittens alone sat idly by,
no spare mittens; I probably cried.

But mother had the voice of intuition
and she made for me some little mittens
from several pairs of socks she found
in their drawers, just lying around.

A worn coat, warm scarves galore
she bundled me tight, then out the door
onto the porch, in the winter’s sun,
a little girl ready to have some fun.

I picked up snow for the very first time
instantly cold were those hands of mine,
but pat, pat, pat, little snowballs formed
from the grace of past evening’s storm.

And on that porch, so large, so grand,
I arose to a voice’s inner command
to show love to my cousins, undisguised
And formed seven snowmen ~ at four, so wise…

Each represented a cousin by height
and red yarn topped their snow-heads tight,
and then an eighth snowman, little and dear
to show them their family, I did hold near.

For the littlest snowman, why, that was me,
a little blond girl, for the redheads to see,
that I missed them all day, and sat in the snow
so when they came home, my love I could show.

2 February, 2000
©KRJ

[True Story]



 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


© Copyright 2000 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Laurel
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1 posted 02-02-2000 11:14 AM       View Profile for Laurel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Laurel

This is so nice! It made me smile!
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2 posted 02-02-2000 11:45 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Sunshine, awww! You told such a sweet story. Made me feel small again! Loved it!   -SEA
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Laurel [one of my favorite names, by the way] thank you so much for reading and commenting.  Helping people to smile through their day is one of the things I like to do.

SEA - sometimes I wish I were smaller, too; going back to memories is one of the best ways I know to get that special feeling.  Thank you.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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4 posted 02-02-2000 04:47 PM       View Profile for jascanvey   Email jascanvey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jascanvey

Aww this is just so lovely.
A pleasure to read!
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5 posted 02-02-2000 05:34 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Cute and cuddly, Sunshine  
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Aww Sunshine this is precious! I can just see those 8 tiny little snowman, and one little girls hands frozen. Yet a heart filled with love!  
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This is one of the most precious poems I have ever read! Sooooo cute!
Denise
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jascanvey, thank you for coming in to read, again.  Hope you will visit often...

'Deer, I do cute and cuddly often...

Whtdove, you should have seen the chapped cheeks...both sets...

denise, at one time, I fit "precious...", and "precocious..."...which one did you mean?

Thanks, everyone!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Absolutely delightful Sunshine  
You took me there...wonderful imagery!  

[This message has been edited by Pepper (edited 02-02-2000).]
Lynn Wood
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Sunshine, made me think of good days and the warmth of youth.  Thanks, Lynn
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Pepper, so glad you enjoyed "our" day in the snow!

Lynn, thank you very much for honoring me with your very first response in Passions!  Welcome, welcome, and I am looking forward to reading some of your work.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Echo Rhayne
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12 posted 02-04-2000 02:16 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Awwww...but um, what is snow??  *shrugs*  oh well, anyways, this was touching, I enjoyed it!  I will truly miss your wonderful poetry!  Take care of yourself okies?

 Just be glad I'm not your child! *evil grin*

Justbleu
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I know what snow is ...but I miss it...this is my first winter of my life without it!!  What a cute poem based on your story!!  I love it!! I could see the whole story unfold for me to see a sweet little girl being cute as can be!!

Bridgette



 Creation of woman from the rib of Man: She was not made from his head to top him; nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him; but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved."
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14 posted 02-04-2000 10:14 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you Echo, for the lovely compliment; come back soon...

Justbleu - so very, very glad you enjoyed the story!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


 
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