Winter: A Child’s Guide
When the wind howls through the trees;
When you fear your feet will freeze;
When dark clouds obscure the sun;
Know that winter has begun.
Now’ s the time the days seem short;
Now a cold can soon be caught;
Now more frequent rain will fall;
It’s just winter – that is all.
Thunderstorms may come and go;
On high mountains there’ll be snow;
Frost may form upon the grass:
This is winter. It will pass.
Winter’s time for active play.
Grab your gear without delay!
Put your boots on! Join your team!
Soon much warmer it will seem!
If you’d rather play inside,
Indoor games wait to be tried.
With your family or a friend,
Boredom soon will quickly end.
Start a hobby and collect.
Fix a toy that someone wrecked.
Solve a puzzle. Draw or paint.
Clean your room. Your Mum will faint!
Drink hot chocolate by the fire.
Read an author you admire.
Whether you’re a girl or boy,
Don’t miss out on winter joy!
- Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #15
Author Comment: My aim in the poem was to help children think positively about winter, since despite its drawbacks and discomforts, these are temporary and the season still offers many opportunities for real enjoyment.