I took up the challenge this year to make a blog post every day. At first, it sounded like an easy task, but I soon discovered it more challenging than I ever imagined. For part of the year-long adventure, I explored different styles of poetry. I decided to revisit many of these styles in November. NaNoWriMo takes up most of my time during this month. Plus, the weather turns cold, making it hard to go on an adventure unless Rooster and I decide to visit our baby chick in New York City. Sometimes I get a hunger for the road. Christmas is right around the corner. I wrote this Proverbial poem because it is better to count your blessings when the snow flies. I called it Blessings.


“Never dread the winter till the snow is on the blanket” is an old Irish proverb.


The wind howls outside my door

The snow flies in the yard

There is a wolf somewhere near,

But I will not fear

I have lived through winters mild and hard

With a northern wind that cuts me to the core

It’s not like I’ve never been here before

Why should I worry when I have a banquet?

Tucked away in my freezer and behind my cupboard door

And a metal roof over my head

A warm fire burning who could ask for more?

I have warmth and food, and my health

A homemade quilt upon my bed

Where I can sleep the whole night through

Where I can dream of power and wealth

I may never possess

But I need to count my blessings

Least I forget

Never dread the winter till the snow is on the blanket

Because being ungrateful will make me regret

The blessings of God showered on my life

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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