I have a new notebook
Spiral-bound with red cover

New Papermate mechanical pencil
With 0.5 mm lead

Warm slippers, hot coffee
For a cold January day

Whatever troubles my soul
Is here with me

As well as whatever
Brightens my day

Words come so slow
Frozen like the cold river

A merl of blackbirds swarm over
The summer’s flowers gone to seed

One plucky wren wings her way
To a prime place to feed