The swaths of clouds embraced the hills,
What lay between gave me the chills.
The first snowfall this season kissed
The fir trees peeking through the mist.
The robins fled their berry patch
For lower lands, their food to catch,
The geese and sandhills winged away
To find a warmer place to stay.
Yet later when the sun came out,
It said, “What’s all the fuss about?
I’ll shine my best and melt it down,
This early snow just makes me frown.
“I know it will return one day,
A month from now, the snow will stay.
So be prepared and fill the larder,
Soon the days will be much harder.
Make your shelters, line your nest,
Keeping warm will be a test,
But we will get through winter’s cold,
If we are ready and we’re bold.”