Blue glow before dawn wakes me.
Hawks, loons, gulls, crows cry a morning chorus,
Ocean waves still rush rocks, as in summer,
Coastal flowers, now rose hips, keep plump-red winter-long,
Winterberry, too, bursts in daylight against tall viridian pines,
I snuggle down,
Book in hand,
Fire beginning a blaze,
Handel’s soft Messiah sounds,
Dog cuddling close,
In thought, a smile for children far away but dearly loved,
Christ’s presence felt,
About the Artwork: Coastal Roses, framed oil on wood panel, 22″ x 18″: I painted this a few months ago following a favorite frequent walk along the ocean where this scene always grabs me.