The trees at the edge
Of the forest lean against
Civilization like a
White picket fence barring all
From entering therein.

A new year has begun
And with each snowfall
It refreshes itself again.
Pure white covers the
Barren wasteland and
Redeems it for another
Month. Forest and field;
Mountain and valley; Lake
And stream are all embraced
By the cleansing snow.
Beauty lay across
Creation settled and untouched,
Until the wild imprints
The land. The seasoned pines
Stand bundled in their layers
To watch: the creatures scurry;
The wind swoosh; the geese soar;
And the smoke sail forth from
Solitary chimney tops.

Outside the world is
Radiantly beautiful
And bitter cold. It stands side
By side with our homes and
Reaches in to draw us out.

Winsome rays of sunlight
Burst through transparent
Panes, flood the room, and
Chase the shadows away.
While whispers of frigid
Air keep us searching for
Warmth beneath our blankets.

The hollow house is lonely
And the smoldering fire
Waits to be fed. From one
Corner to the next lingering
Decorations dangle
Neglected and forgotten.
16 steps down a dim orange
Glow crisscrosses the gaps
Between the floorboards. There
A secluded rocking chair
Rests motionless in front of
The stove. While a tilted
Stack of drying logs
Gravitate as far from
The heat as possible.

Expectation begins to build
Some hope for, some hope against
All are in the waiting and
Soon eyes will waken to see.

© Jeremiah Dowling 2013

*This poem is the start a new chapter in my ‘Timeline’ series. I will be writing a poem for every month this year. This is the poem for ‘January’. Keep an eye out every month for a poem about the previous month.*


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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

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