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Haddam Poet Laureate: December

By Lorraine Riess, 12/24/21.


December ascends, the year’s last stretch,
optimistic with the new year’s promise,
wistful about our gains and losses.

We rebuff abbreviated days with red, gold
and pull down the glint of stars and snowflakes
to brighten our own windows,
make light of icicles with strands
of LEDs along the eaves.

We nestle into winter’s silence
and the ermine coat of furrowed fields.
A harvested sheaf of evergreens reminds us
that trees aren’t dead, just dormant.

Dusk ushers in the owl’s wisdom-
that the moon is never half-full
but always there.
It’s our own light that reveals
the wax and wane of us.

From her website

Lorraine Riess

Lorraine Riess is current poet laureate of Haddam and invites your submission in HK-Now for publication. You may email submissions to: All poetry should be no longer than 30 lines (one page). Include a short bio of 75 words or less. You will be notified by email if your work is selected. All work is copyrighted by the author.

Her collection of poems Still Life With Wings has been published and is available from her website or Amazon.  The book contains a few poems that relate to Haddam and its history, as well as the environment and other topics.

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