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A White Winter

Updated on December 22, 2018
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ocfireflies or Kim Houck is from North Carolina. She is a retired teacher and graduate of Appalachian State University.


Diego produced two feet of snow!
Diego produced two feet of snow! | Source

Winter Storm Diego

While not the Blizzard of ’93,
Winter Storm Diego did over-achieve
Two feet on our mountain tops
Even the dude from The Weather Channel
showed up
the day of the parade
just hours before Diego sat down
piling up snow on
mountains and flatlands
Cloggers, marching bands, and beauty queens
Knew where to stop and pose
get their minute of fame
On weather channel tv with Jim Santore

So, Diego came
Snow piled two feet deep
Walmart shut down
Facebook lit up
And, while not the Blizzard of ’93,
Diego did over-achieve

Orchids blooming


My orchid blooming

But so does my Orchid
Sitting in the windowsill above my kitchen sink
Getting ready to pop
Blooming again
This time number three
Any day now, those delicate, white blooms
Will burst into glory
Gracing my space

Table Tree


Table top tinsel

No shoveling
No praying the power stays on
Just lovely to look at

As I appreciate my
White fiber optic tree
Lights built in
Blinking tiny sprays of sprite magic
Like my fireflies
I see on Appalachian summer nights

Wherever I look
Snow-covered mountains
Orchids busting to bloom
Silvery white tabletop tree

Reminding me
‘Tis the season
One petal at a time
Twinkling baubles
To appreciate

This moment will pass
Dark debilitating darkness
Mornings late to rise
Early evenings every night

Enjoy winter
Find warmth where you may
Until the balmy nights of summer return

Enjoy fiber optic trees
Orchids bulging with blooms
Snow two feet deep


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      Devika Primić 

      16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Kim I have a summer job for five months and do not spend much time at my computer. I meet many different people from around the world and focus on my business. The winters in Croatia is cold from about this time and can go down to -3 -4 coldest in January and February. Snow falls in January and February or sometimes March. I keep busy writing from September to March or April depending on what is going on in my world.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago from North Carolina


      My apologies. It’s so rare that I receive any comments. Smiles.

      I agree the indoors rejoice in the coziness of a white winter day.

      Thank You! Thank You for reading and commenting.

      Blessings to you and yours,


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      Devika Primić 

      17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the white winter gives a cozy feel for indoors.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      Smiles. I am a little bit of a cleaning nut. Thanks for reading and introducing me to a new word, “hygge.” Now, I find myself fascinated with words of Danish origins. You never disappoint!


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      Romeos Quill 

      2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      That's a fair ol' sprinkling of snowfall you have yourselves there Kim. Cosy poetry with a hygge feel, and the seasonal photos really set a contrast with an uplifting nod toward warmer climes.

      Your home is so clean and tidy!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Genna,

      I think that’s my favorite as well. Thank you for reading. Merry Christmas to you and yours! :-)

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Kim...

      I enjoyed your poetry...there is a musical rhythm to the verse. I especially liked...

      "Blinking tiny sprays of sprite magic

      Like my fireflies

      I see on Appalachian summer nights..."


      Merry Christmas to you and your family. :-)

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      I am so jealous. Sunny Florida sounds wonderful to me. When I was younger, I enjoyed the snow. Thank you for your kind words and please accept my well wishes for you and yours.

      Blessings Always,

      ocfireflies aka Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Wonderful verse. Enjoyed them all. Sunny Florida isn't getting any snow and that is something I do miss at Christmas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      We can get snow as early as October, and as late as April. Though, December through March is the norm. Thank You for reading. Merry Christmas and best wishes for you and yours in the coming year.


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Lovely poetry with great rhythms!

      I love the snow as long as I don't have to travel. However, we get so little of it here in the southwest of England that I don't have to worry much! I have a Christmas tree like that too - no hassle!

      Merry Christmas and a happy 2019 to you and yours.


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Jackie! Merry Christmas to you as well


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from the beautiful south

      Beautiful from the inside looking out! I do not like being out in it!

      Merry Christmas, Kim and Happy New Year!


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