The Sunshine Factor

where sunshine is a way of life

Erik Andrulis

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August 10, 2013

Erik writes:

I found this poem, “Warm from Cold,” in my notebook as dated 1/18/88.  However, I think the original version of this poem dates back to 1986.  The poem tells the story of a common occurrence when I was a child – my mother sending me out into the cold—out to play in the snow—only to have her welcome me back into the warm: in front of the fire, the warm hot chocolate, the warmth of her love.

” Warm from Cold”

Covered with a scratch wool scarf

an itchy wool hat,

(that the moths had never reached),

two unmatched mittens,

scritchy stretchy socks,

with sandwich baggies over them

(so my socks and toes wouldn’t get wet),

rubber golashes with metal clasps,

shoulder-strap ski pants,

and broken zippered jacket

held together by safety pins

(broken in by my brother),

my mother sent me out —

into the pouring snow,

to prance, to parade,

to frolic

in blissful pageantry,

to roll, to throw, to build

with eternal creativity—

only to return

to a state of time,

soaked and frosty

from head to toe.

She would then proceed

to peel off my layers,

wrap me in a warm blanket,

sit me down before

the crackling, sparkling, warming fire, give me graham crackers

and hot chocolate

with tiny marshmallows

served on that old wooden tray,

then sit down beside me

read me a book

tell me she loved me

thaw me close

and rock me to sleep.

This poem makes me want to go play in the snow!  I think a poem is truly successful when it brings the reader back in time where one can experience all their senses through the poem’s words, such as this one.  Thanks for guesting, Erik!  :)


Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

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