Twelve Days of Christmas …Ozarks Style

Christmas at the Black HorseOn the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me…

Twelve lads a hunting

Eleven grannies quilting

Ten mandolins strumming

Nine fiddlers fiddling

Eight rivers running

Seven catfish swimming

Six hound dogs baying

Five black walnut trees

Four hoot owls callin’

Three white tail deer

Two snapping turtles


A possum in a persimmon tree

fall persimmons

The Holly and the Ivy

Dec snow 2013
pewter painted sky
streaked by swirling flakes
landscape softened by drifts of solstice snow
obscured palette of sepia tones
grayed bark with browned limbs
thorny holly entwined by tender ivy
symbols of life in the midst
of certain death
ivy twisted holly crown
to wear in the winters dance
renewing the world
evergreen and evermore