North Wind

North Wind Winter She started as snowflakes whipped from the top of the year’s deepest snow, an effervescent twinkling of purest white. I knew her a child of the North wind, for her slow materialisation from a loose collection of white dustings to an image of porcelain perfection that nipped at my cheeks and numbed […]

The Winter Tree

 "They say its petals fall to remind us of winters past." "I don't want to remember them." "No?" "No. What's so special about winter, anyway?" "Its beauty." "Petals are more beautiful than snow." "Are they?" "Snow's cold." "And if the petals fell early whilst winter still nipped at your cheeks? How would you know […]

Sailing the Moon

 We sailed between the moon and infinity. So still was the evening, I almost heard the haphazard snowflakes kissing the canvas. The airship floated along as though drifting through a dream, or a fantasy novel, or an obsidian ocean with only the moon for company. The possibilities were myriad, your eyes endless. We stared […]

Happiness Was

 Happiness was a windy day in January. Christmas had departed in a flurry of tinsel, turkey and talkative aunts, the three ‘tees’ and I’d escaped from a house still full of over-eager children. I was the eldest, wisest, fastest blah, blah, blah, when they wanted something, anyway, and also the easiest pleased: snow, I […]

50 Word Stories: Red and White Yesterdays

For all the kids that dwell Deep inside. 50 Word Stories: Red and White Yesterdays I remember before the knowing, when the pure whiteness of snow signalled the onset of Christmas and with it Him. My dreams were red and white with expectant tomorrows, the child that was revelling in the magic of that one […]

In Winter Stills

In Winter Stills There is a path off a road off a hillside off a dream, a path where all the silent ones go to sleep. I followed it once without care for myself. This is where it led. The snow fell in relentless cascades obliterating my footprints so I might’ve stepped through a thickening […]

50 Word Stories: Waiting For Snow

50 Word Stories: Waiting For Snow There’s a steel to the morning a cold unblinking chill. Birds fly with flapping scarves trailing, a dog wear’s three fleecy jackets and a squirrel just peers from his drey. Winter has set its sights on the foreseeable and wishes all to know. I do know, now where’s my […]

White Blankets

The comforts of snow were not lost on those who worked in the pits. Darkness, permeated only by the will-o’-the-wisp headlights of our workmates, filled our heads and hearts; several thousand tonnes of rock overhead would do that to you. In between breaths choked with shattered shale and coal dust, we would dig and pray, […]