A light snow was falling
when Santa Paws came calling.
Me-ow, I heard her softly sing
landing on our old porch swing.
With fur silver as Moonlight,
she was quite a lovely sight.
Dad said, “Not another stray!”
Then agreed, she can stay.
He could not resist a present given,
tangled in weatherproof tinsel and ribbon.
Yet vowed as he set her free,
Next year, no decorating the outdoor tree!”
Alice Couch is a retired nurse’s aide who spends her days playing with her dogs, Nibby and Squeakie, while writing poetry for her three children, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four great great-grandchildren. One of her stories published in Living with Children. She studied yoga and Buddhism and has a gift for blending the rational approach of the Western mind with the deep spiritual wisdom of the east in her poetry. She was named Noblesville’s Senior Poet Laureate in 2012.