The flavor of the winter
on a cold morning after
a storm starts with a kitchen full
of busy hand making
while snow is flaking
a warm oven baking.
Steam laced with scents that
engage the heart in happiness while reawakening
with the warmth of coffee, tea, or cocoa
that soothes the throat when sipped.
Eyes smiling as
family members not together recently
give good company.
Thoughts of hope and
happiness fill the soul and the mind
as the holidays usher the year’s end.