early morning frosts still the world
air cold enough to turn your breath to great gusts of steam.
in the kitchen, you sprinkle icing sugar like frost over little christmas muffins
warm yourself by the spice of a gingerbread, or the sweetness of coconut cake filled with cherry jam.
wrap up well for a walk through the fields
then out of the oven comes an upside down cake, cranberry red and hot to the touch,
make delicious christmas presents for the ones you love
and douse the fruit cake with booze
then sit by the fire with a brandy shot to watch the flames flicker and dance.
outside the leaves have set like glass
as the sun goes down on midwinter Christmas eve.