Even the tiniest ray of light shines brighter at this time of year, as the approach of Winter Solstice casts a long, deep shadow over the earth.

A few of my favorite winter things are featured in this KYRIELLE.  A Kyrielle is a poem comprised of two or more quatrains that follow a rhyme scheme (aabb, abab, aaab, abcb, etc).  Each line contains eight syllables.  The final line of each quatrain is, in whole or part, a refrain.



Hardwood logs in stoves for heating
Flames revived from winking embers
Chill and darkness swift retreating
Crackling warmth in dark December

Cats in sunny windows preening
Cactus blooms in fuchsia splendor
Wreath and garland evergreening
Signs of life in dark December

Downy snow the brown earth meeting
coating branches stark and slender
Cardinals zipping down and feeding
Red and white in dark December

Silver cards and golden greetings
by the smiling postman tendered
Carolers house to house proceeding
Joyful verse in dark December

Laden tables from the fleeting
days of autumn’s harvest rendered
Words of thanks the feast completing
Bounty shared in dark December

Random acts of kindness speeding
to the low and unremembered
Rippling forth, and hence repeating
Shining hope in dark December

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    • Just Joan November 28, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks, Lennon. Hope there are many bright spots in your holiday season! 🙂

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  1. Marissa Bergen November 27, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    An optimistic view for sure! Let’s hope it is all as expressed and, as always, great effort in creating lovely verse within format.

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    • Just Joan November 28, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Optimism is what gets me through the day. Thanks for the nice compliment on what turned out to be a tough format. 🙂

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  2. L. T. Garvin, Author November 28, 2016 / 10:53 am

    This is so lovely and musical! What a great job in capturing a great image of home comfort adding a dash of kindness and compassion to light a dark December. It completely works for me, I am not that fond of winter’s short days.

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    • Just Joan November 28, 2016 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Lana. To me, all of these are like brown paper packages tied up with strings. At your suggestion, I am working at creating a black-out poem. 🙂


  3. K E Garland November 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Joan, I really think it’s cool how you can create poetry based on the structure. My brain would be hurting if I attempted all of these lol

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    • Just Joan November 29, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks for the visit and comment, KE! I’ve perused the whole chapter on different forms and now find that when the words come, they choose their own form. I just slide them into it. is a great resource for rhyming words and I consult it often. 🙂

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