Poets’ Corner

February 2019
February’s a shorter run
Sometimes with nice sun
More often with white snow
By now a dreaded late show.
Old Phil gave us his view
And many hurled a shoe
Disrespecting his forecast
That leaves half aghast.
Valentine’s Day is here
Each new year with less cheer
President’s Day is the same
Holiday for a few is the game.
We all celebrate more light
Daylight really now takes flight
Despite the cold, the light’s nice
Now we can see that tricky ice.
Quickly February’s run is gone
We’re viewing a March dawn
A new season is at the door
With a warmer weather score.
                George A. Hancock
February is a short run
Blink and it’s all done
28 days never last long
It’s a very simple song.
It’s the last winter run
Goodbye to snowy fun
Some see March snow
But it’s a spring show.
Crows are active now
Their caw earns a wow
Crows know garbage day
Those bags hold food pay.
Stores hold spring sales
They’re coming in gales
Maybe new running shoes
Will end those wintry blues.
Increased daylight is great
Dark running slows the gait
Fully viewing the road scene
Helps us see spring green.
       George A. Hancock
  Gentle Snow
A blizzard if it’s ice scream
Is more of what folks dream
A blizzard in blinding snow
Is never a fun February show.
'Ya know by winter’s end
Folks look around the bend
They want a warmer spring
Weather with a sunny zing.
Any gentle fluffy snow is nice
Not dark days of frozen ice
Or wind driven drifting snow
That makes running very slow.
Each season is only so long
Is my persistent road song
Sometimes winter will stay
Creating a miserable road fray.
A light dusting on the grass
Is great without the harass
It’s time, we need to move on
We want that spring dawn.
       George A. Hancock
A new RG has come to town,
It’ll make you smile, and
Erase that frown.
Our own Mz. Freddi
Has done her proud.
She’ll attract new eyes, and
A whole new crowd.
With stories and poems and
Race results, too,
With pictures galore of
Runners like you.
I have just one problem,
With no smart phone,
I won’t be able to read it
On the porcelain throne!
                 Sal Citarella
December Roads
The morning run is dark
Daylight is not on my lark
We see December’s delights
Thanks to several street lights.

Sometimes the morning’s cold
So only a few seek the gold
Found in running every day
The road sights are great pay.

Christmas displays are in place
Creating for me a happy face
Dazzling lights, Christmas things
Are perfect as the wind flings.

And yes, sometimes the snow
Falls creating a seasonal show
That on a quiet morning thrills
Our road crew beating the chills.

The December roads are nice
Excluding that nasty black ice
Warm spells the past few years
Has lessened weather fears.
George A. Hancock

Christmas Cookies
Christmas cookies are great
But they do suffer a sad fate
My wife bakes them small
So, we tend to eat them all.

The cookies are a sweet treat
And thrills this road athlete
Chewing them without guilt
Is part of the Christmas quilt.

There are so many great types
All deserving the holiday hypes
Even the road-running rookie
Appreciates a Christmas cookie.

Of course, savor them over time
Eating them all is a Christmas crime
Eating these cookies on a January day
Does help that winter gray go away.

Hooray! It’s Christmas cookie time
Often heralded in song and rhyme
Yes, please have one after your run
Like me here in the morning sun.
George A. Hancock
December Snow
The weather changes into snow
Now we find a different show
It’s early before the traffic flow
And this snow emits a faint glow.

Maybe this early December snow
Is special, do we really know?
Fresh snow near twinkling lights
Adds plenty to our Christmas sights.

Motorists forget that their car
Speeding will not travel very far
New snow lacks good traction
Sliding away is a distraction.

December snow is pretty inside
But outside a tricky road ride
This guy dons his winter spikes
And runs along minus the Yikes!

Often December’s snow scene
Completely covers our green
But lately it never lasts long
Despite that Christmas song.
George A. Hancock

Rambling Roads: A Christmas Wish
By George A. Hancock

Once again we turn the page
And find December’s stage
Our last 2018 month is here
Many will utter a loud cheer.

This was a very raucous year
So many events made us jeer
And we lost so many friends
The Good Byes are sad trends.

Mother Nature was a force
Her storms were on course
Locally, so much rain fell
That mold began to smell.

The creeks flowed very high
Earning another loud sigh
Some topped their banks
Yep, local flooding ranks.

And then autumn was warm
And outside people swarm
Are these summer days?
We asked beneath the rays.

Autumn remained very green
Gone was that colorful scene
Runners eye along the road
While relishing fall’s episode.

Toss in that mid-term election
And many folks seek protection
From the awful rancid words
Hurled by the campaign herds.

Finally it’s the Christmas season
Now we have a great reason
To get outside and explore
Fabulous lights beyond our door.

Despite the lack of white snow
We find a perfect Christmas show
In many communities, in the parks
Nicely decorated for our road larks.

Christmas is hectic but also calm
This season is a soothing balm
For our twisted, tortured souls
Just like our daily road strolls.

So, what is our Christmas wish?
A delicious mouthwatering dish?
A double chocolate mint cookie?
Or a getaway maybe work hooky?

No, our Christmas wish is simple
Designed to please a facial dimple
We need a TIME OUT here and now
So, please stow your petty scowl.

Well, what do you mean TIME OUT?
Isn’t that for kids after a loud rout?
Well duh, this is what we mean
Many people created a bad scene.

Many have stopped sharing, caring
Their nasty words so overbearing
They uttered words plainly cruel
Yes, it’s time for many to refuel.

And Christmas is the perfect time
To stop, pause before this crime
Of malicious hate becomes a fate
Considered by many as first rate.

Yes, Peace and Goodwill thrill
Steadily erasing this cold chill
We need kindness all year long
Often repeated in Christmas song.

Many homes are decorated in lights
Creating so many endless delights
The blustery cold morning is gone
With dazzling display lights at dawn.

Despite daylight shrinking these days
Christmas decorations provide displays
Of brilliant, cheerful illuminating light
That daily electrify our running flight.

I noticed while running, a friendly wave
Plus a smile makes many folks behave
Many motorists will wave and honk
Dispelling for a time our political zonk.

It’s OK to disagree on various things
That’s normal but this rancor stings
Civility is a quality never out of style
Even in a packed Christmas store aisle.

I have a simple Christmas season wish
Please dial back the words on your dish
A Time Out soothes the weary soul
And refreshes those on a Christmas stroll.

A Time Out is a perfect Christmas gift
Because our passing days are swift
Soon we’re back to the daily grind
And once again many are snow blind.

December 2018 steadily slipped away
As the runner enjoys his morning foray
It’s cold, windy but the roads are dry
The runner ponders and asks why?