Poetry Friday: Christmas Break fun

Just a short little ditty I came up with after sliding with my kids at our neighbor’s place the other day. Watching them fly down on their tubes while trying to bump each other once they got to the bottom, I started thinking…

Arctic Recreation

Ice and snow spray faces cold
as winter winds go swirling.
Some folks call it tubing – me?
I call it human curling.

– © 2017 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

Not a whole lot of difference, amiright?

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday break, as they call it; we’ve had single-digit daytime highs and overnight wind chills near -30° which means the kids have been stuck inside all week! But at least we have some poetry with which to amuse ourselves – and today, my poet/blogger friend Heidi Mordhorst is celebrating trees and hosting Poetry Friday at My Juicy Little Universe.

Today my son turns 8, Sunday we’ll be visiting my sister-in-law and her family, and Monday begins a brand-new year of possibilities – so have a great weekend, and I wish you all the best for a successful, happy, and healthy 2018!


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28 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Christmas Break fun

  1. The temps are indeed Arctic! I’m glad that you’ve managed to nourish some creative sparks in these swirling winds. Have fun with your family during break and best wishes for a wonderful 2018!


  2. Brrrrrr! It’s certainly been a frigid week here in New England, hasn’t it? That’s quite a hill for tubing, a.k.a human curling. Love that! I was just thinking about curling the other day as I prepped a Padlet about the upcoming Winter Olympics for Wonderopolis, for whom I am a Wonder Lead Ambassador — https://padlet.com/wymanc/rwnh207i4p73. It really is a fascinating, but crazy sport! Sending warm thoughts for a happy new year up to NH!


  3. So funny, Matt, “curling” your kids! Happy New Year to you, and Happy Birthday to your son! We had cold over Christmas day, now warm again, then snow Sunday. It’s the strangest weather!


  4. maryleehahn

    Happy birth-day to you and your wife (your wife, especially…she did all the work!). Eight is a pretty magical year! Yes, I agree that your tubers were actually human curlers!


  5. Happy New Year, Matt. I did enjoy seeing the photos of your children tubing and would love to showcase your poem and photos in my Children’s Corner of my next gallery: #WinterWonderland18❄️. I can easily capture what you placed in the blog and this way you will not have to add anything.


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