It came in with the night….

Go find your mittens
so your fingers don’t freeze
slip on your big boots
pull your socks to your knees

Dig out your best scarf
wrap it round yourself tight
the snow has arrived here

it came in with the night.

Ā I’ll put the roast in the oven
and heat the milk on the stove
they’ll be right here waiting
when you come in from the cold

Knocking ice from the branches
and stringing Christmas tree lights
yes the snow has arrived dear

it came in with the night.

So squeeze on your knit cap
over wild wooly hair
watch your breath float and drift
in the crisp morning air

Break the ice for the cattle
put the saddles away
yes the snow has arrived here…

and I think it might stay.

22 thoughts on “It came in with the night….

  1. miss it here in Tunis šŸ˜¦ but you made my day as every time when I have the chance to read your lovely stories and see beatiful pictures šŸ™‚ don’t forget to keep up the vitamines, so cold is only outside and not within šŸ˜‰

  2. Old farmhouses make me sad. I think of all the families raised in them and the wonderful times they must have shared. But, your roast sounds delicious. I’d like to say “I’ll be right over”, but, I’m too far away.

  3. How ironic! I woke up this morning 17 minutes AFTER I was supposed to leave for work 50 miles away. To top it all off there was not snow but a very heavy layer of frost that coated the highways with ice. It was all gone on the way home where upon arrival I curled up to the computer and there you are Jesse once again reading my mind. The truth of it is that winter isnt really so bad……..

  4. Jesse,
    Your pictures and message make you rather long for winter. It’s a cozy time of year, when it’s okay to curl up by the fire with your beverage of choice, a good book and maybe some Chopin piano concertos for background. Thank you for your delightful writings. I just heard you read your work on PPTV occasionally. Haven’t gotten that on my radar yet—–when might one tune you in???
    Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year,

    • Hi Gen, so great to hear from you. I do read my essays for ND Prairie Public Radio. They will be playing a few of them with a Christmas theme in the coming weeks. You can listen online at In the “Hear it Now” section they have some programs archived. They don’t play them on a regular schedule, but they are usually in the afternoon, like 3:45 and then again at 7:45…have a great holiday season!

  5. the snow arrived, and your post is so poetic, amazing…
    the snow arrived and you share it with us, i like it, really !!
    thanks for your words and photos !

    have a nice and good day !

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