snow whims… by Toni Cross


blank and lacy tree limbs
filling up the frame
dancy  prancy snow whims
playing winter’s game
singing songs and wind hymns
whistling without shame

Winter Taunt… by Toni L.A. Cross

Bite me

Nip me

Atop this shiny runner sleigh

Chase me

Race me

Let your wild wind bay

Scratch me

Catch me

Have your bitter frosty way

Taunt me

Scold me

I’m safe here at my doorway

Winter Maiden by Toni L.A. Cross

Fall River on South Century Drive near Bend, O...

Image by Oregon State University Archives via Flickr

The winter maiden stretches

After her long sleep

Before her icy breath

Thin blades of grass

Bend and curl colorless

Chill creeps slowly

Scaling window panes

With frosty fingertips

Dissolving into flurries

And coating stiffened earth

With crystal diamonds

And all becomes her domain

And everywhere she has her way

rain wins… Toni L.A. Cross

the barrage begins
Why is it rain always wins?
hands in pockets and tilted down chins
Stinging drops pricking like pins.