Canes of Red and White
Shepard's crooks, spun stripes of sweet delight
and crisp, minty flavor await in crystal cup.
You call out in bright red and white array,
originating in Cologne, Germany.
Mass marketed in 1920, you decorated trees,
enhanced wreaths, centerpieces, crushed,
sprinkled over cookies. In bunches or single,
people love to mingle with peppermint sticks.
December is lucky to showcase your essence.
You give succor, a festive touch, stand tall,
ready to be unwrapped, savored.
Shaped like a "J" for Jesus. . .
The true reason for each Christmas Season!
Marlene Million is a retired insurance secretary from her husband's business and grandmother of four. She has published two chapbooks and belongs to several writers’ groups. She had a poem on display at Indianapolis Arts Garden the month of February, 2013 and has been published in a variety of venues.