Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Writes--By Maralee Gerke--United States

Winter Writes

I rise in the darkness of a winter day,
drink a cup of peppermint tea,
and breathe in pungent steam,
as the sun pokes its delicate corona
above the hoary fields.

I am the flannel goddess of dawn
the polyester priestess of birdseed.
I open bins of sunflower and millet
and measure out the right mix
for the finches, sparrows, jays, and doves,
inviting them to a ceremony of food.

Inside, I take off vest, gloves, hat,
and blow on my icy fingers.
I sit at my computer and begin to type.
My fingers move to the rhythms of take offs and landings,
the whirr of wings providing accompaniment
to the melody of my winter writes.

Maralee Gerke lives and writes in Madras, Oregon. She is and avid reader and gardener. She describes herself as a work in progress. Her poems have been published in Calyx, Exit Thirteen, Moonset, Bathtub Gin, Anthology, Nerve Cowboy, Avocet, and Tigers Eye. She has published two books of poems and has had poetry and prose accepted in several anthologies. Her work can be seen online at Shadow Poetry, Long Story Short, and Moontown Café. She recently recorded 4 poems for the Oregon Poetic Voices Project. They can be heard at One of her poems, "Refuge", was recently selected to be printed as a limited edition broadside by the Penland School of Crafts.


  1. Absolutely beautiful, Maralee! I love each line and especially appreciated the humor in: "I am the flannel goddess of dawn...the polyester priestess of birdseed." Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and continue to bask in your flannels as the winds outside grow cold. Carolyn Devonshire

  2. Maralee, absolutely magnificent. Your analogous descriptions of each venue intrigued me and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Very well written and thank you for sharing your talent.
    Love, Charlene

  3. I love this poetry this morning as I am sipping on my own cup of coffee! Putting it simply - 'just beautiful'. Thank you for composing this poetry for all to enjoy...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  4. I love this poem and I love me some peppermint tea, too. This piece is well-written and unique. What a blessed poem. Thank you for sharing.

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