It’s only October, but this farm scene would make a perfect Christmas card.
The shrubs in the distance have a frosting on them that is making the little ground squirrels living under them shiver.
Here is plenty of fuel to keep someone warm – someone far away, wherever this train is going.
The clumps of sagebrush and other grasses have been coated by winter’s frosty breath, giving them a designer look.
Did you ever mix up powdered laundry soap and water with an egg-beater and then dab the “snow” you made onto your Christmas tree? Then the decorations would be hung once the soapy snow had dried. These trees reminded me of doing that as a child. (I apologize for mentioning Christmas so early.)
The wintery air brings out the elves
They wait for dark or fog
So they can better hide themselves
Behind a nearby log.
The head elf orders laundry soap
The powdered kind is best
They spit in it and then they hope
That this will pass the test.
The soapy snow must be so thick
That it won’t dribble down
It must be right so it will stick
And give the tree its gown.
With sagey brush, like tiny brooms
They paint each branch with snow
The night is short, a new day looms
And all the elves must go.
If I’d been passing by last night
I’m sure I would have seen
But I’d have given them a fright
And I can’t be that mean.
And so I’ll just admire their trees
That look so pure and white
The elves are happy when they please
And know they’ve done it right.