I had broken several slender candy canes into short pieces
then eaten them from an old bowl as I sat at my computer.
It was then I noticed the scalloped sunlight
casting a little fire onto my note pad.
Folks in the Midwest are hunkered down
in expectation of a winter storm bringing heavy snow
and temperatures below zero degrees.
The lines at the grocery were long this afternoon
when I walked over to pick up a supply
of milk, bread and cereal. I also looked for some
post-Christmas peppermint sticks, but other
people apparently had the same idea
as there were no more to be had.