Beanery Online Literary Magazine

January 1, 2009

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

Filed under: WR/BW KATHLEEN — beanerywriters @ 7:14 pm

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the BEANERY WRITERS!

 
We thank all our loyal readers for their patronage of our online magazine, and we welcome all new readers to join with us in this the New Year.

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

Katheen

As we enter the first of year 2009, let us remember that we should “shake, rattle and roll.” Pledge to make a difference in the coming year!

            On a frigid winter morning
            dad, in plaid flannel bathrobe
            headed to the basement
            where ashes from the coal furnace
            had settled into a gray nest.
            The slender iron poker, precisely inserted
            produced a rhythmic rattle
            that echoed throughout the house.  .  .
            Dust and soot flying
            he shoveled the ashes,
            later used as compost
            into the galvanized bucket.
            Shiny black nuggets glistened
            as dad tossed fresh coal
            into the hungry iron belly
            where orange-red flames licked
            them to bright heat.  .  .
           
            Upstairs, the morning’s commotion
            meant I’d have to roll out of bed
            . . .the thought brought goose bumps. . .
            and I’d scrunch further under the covers
            My blue chenille bathrobe pulled tight
            I’d pad downstairs for breakfast,
            warm my hands ’round a cup of cocoa
            and munch cinnamon toast.
 
            School clothes draped over the chair
            I’d dress standing over the heat vents
            . . .the robe billowing like a ballroom gown
            savoring the up thrust of heat
            that warmed my shivering body
            like steam from hot oatmeal.  .  .

ADDITIONAL READING:

REFLECTING ON MY WRITING LIFE IN 2008

THE WRITING LIFE: There’s a World Out There?

THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES

IN WINTERSCAPE…COMES THE SONG

SHE’S A CANDLE

SNOW GLOBE

SHOULD THIS HOUSE HAVE SOLD AT A TAX SALE?

SADIE

IS THIS “CHEERS?”

“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME:” A Guy’s Version

LOVER BUBBLE

LOSS AND LOVE

SHORT TRIP FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON To Ligonier, PA

DAVID PAGE: Notes from St. David’s Writer’s Conference

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