Nor’easter

It slips in at

night.

Stealthy

and low at first.
A few flakes

pick up speed

as the first

low howl

can be heard.
Wind howls

against

the house,

branches scratching

at the window

like a cat

wanting

to get in.
Heavy wet snow

can be heard

plastering

itself onto

everything.
Lights flickering

as if planning

on going out.
Snow

in the street lights,

heavyweight

thumping down

trees.
Tree limbs

crash down on wires,

popping sounds

and sparks

as transformers

are taken out.
Cities go dark

as power

is lost,

houses grow

cold

as the furnaces

die down.
Sleep

finally wins out

till mornings light

awakes.
The storm

does not abate.
Everything

covered in white,

an eerie and

wonderful state.
Trees coated in

snow,

winds whipping

the limbs around

mimicking

the haunting of

ghosts.
Snow drifts

piling high

as others places

scoured

clear and clean.
The snow hammers down

and will for

hours more.
Smoke in the chimneys,

stoking the wood stoves

and fireplaces

as homes

warm back up

relying on the

old ways

to stay warm.
As the storm

slowly dies down

the soldiers of winter

shovels in hand

begin to roust about,

bringing some semblance

of order back

to the homestead again.
Kids in the yards

warring

with white ammunition

as school was called off.

Snow angels

with Frosty dancing

around the yard.

Sleighing and yelling

can be heard

out in the fields.
Mom back at home

prepares hot chocolate

with marshmallow delights

for all the

frosty nose participants

from this winters

stormy night.

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