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December 10, 2012

a poetry prompt to write a romantic poem with mud, old shoes and TP. I think someone has a sense of humor

a lonely trek
up the muddied path
where breath was frost and ice

the cabin cold,
one old wood stove
our shelter for the night

with kindling scarce
we birthed flames to life
fed by shards of toilet paper

lit candles low
before the fire’s warm glow
embraced to still your shivering

mud caked old shoes
yield shapely feet
as the fire’s flames stir higher

the fire’s fed
a bed prepared
for us to cuddle warmly

your silhouette
against candle light
as air caresses skin

a single kiss
then hand in hand
we quickly snuggle in


From → poetry, romance

  1. Thanks for bringing this one out for Poetics this weekend.

  2. I enjoyed your arrival at the hut after the cold hike. Lovely last stanza!

  3. smiles… nothing better than a warm fire in a cold place after an exhausting hike…nice…. there’s a certain magic in this… smiles

  4. I find a night in a cold cabin – using a stove to heat it up is a way more romantic place to be than a beach in summer.. Cleverly done.. I like it a lot.

  5. That was so lovely, I could almost see myself there, then i realised it was you not me……I enjoyed this poem.

  6. Laurie Kolp permalink


  7. Well it ends so cosily and yet can still feel the nip of winter. Beautiful write!

    • thanks – trading one kind of goose bumps for another is always worth a poem. 🙂 I am glad you liked it.

  8. You have really set a fine scene in this poem. And I love the warm ending despite the cold!!

    • thanks Mary – we used to spend time at a cabin with only a wood stove for warmth…. The transition from cold to warm is a great feeling 🙂

  9. ha. i think you need to work tp into the poem..ha…i live outdoors for a year and we had to build outhouses…when i had time off i stayed in a nearby heat beyond the fire place…made for some cool mornings…and when my future wife came to visit, plenty of snuggling to stay warm…

  10. Thanks for the link to “Whimsy-Mimsy” and thanks for your inspiration, Bill.
    I am trying my hand at this prompt and will post it tomorrow.

    “your silhouette
    against candle light
    as air caresses skin

    a single kiss
    then hand in hand
    we quickly snuggle in”

    nice stanzas.


  11. Beautiful

  12. So, so sweet!!

  13. TheOthers1 permalink

    You handled the challenge well, sir. That last stanza is sweet.

    • thanks — there’s nothing like being chilled and then warming up — but watch out for cold hands!

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