Thursday Tidbit: Winter, A Poem

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.With the season having officially arrived here in Wyoming, here’s another winter poem, this one from my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. It’s about my disastrous attempt of a winter sport that most of my family enjoyed.

Although it reads like poetry, it looks like prose. This is what’s considered a prose poem. You can click the Play button below the poem to hear me read it. Enjoy, and happy winter.




On a cold, cloudy day, we strap on our skis, boots, head up the trail. I inch along, sure I’ll fall at any minute, as my skis slide through the packed snow. “Left foot right pole right foot left pole. See if you can go faster,” Dad says. I prefer to keep my slow, plodding pace.

At the top of the hill, we retrace our steps. My feet slide out from under me. I land flat on my back. “Smile,” says my brother, as he holds the camera.

“Stick that camera where the sun won’t shine,” I want to tell him.

“You’re not falling right. You could get hurt,” he says. I remove the skis, walk the rest of the day.


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My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

8 thoughts on “Thursday Tidbit: Winter, A Poem”

  1. I love this and you write wonderfully. I write in prose poem too mostly. I hope I can find where to follow you. By the way, if there is a “like” place on your site, don’t be surprised if mine looks blank, thanks to WordPress. com. They did this because I am not only having my own blog but managing two for my paraplegic friend who has difficulty with these things. And I can so relate with you being a caregiver.


  2. Thank you for reading, Abbie. I haven’t tried skiing, mainly because I am retired in Spain and we don’t get much snow in the Costa Blanca region…..A few flakes every few years is all! I’m sure I’d be useless, but so admire the experts. They make it look so easy! All credit to you as you’ve had a hard life. Wishing, deeply, this year will be a good one for you. Sincerely Joy


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