Literary Hook: Poem shares realities of ‘seasonal affective disorder’

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

The attached poem is for anyone who suffers the winter blues, sometimes called “seasonal affective disorder.”

Winter Mood in Minor Key

Sometimes the winter-merry shock us

with their vim and happy mittens

red endless crafts cookies

a positive strudel of busyness

We the winter-blue cookie-cutter

that didn’t take sometimes find

the pagan frenzy way too green

with money and dyed pine

hear instead a solo Celtic harp

near midnight Venus and the moon

We the winter-blue find the season

Melancholy Baby muffled bird cry

past the icy feathered clutching

attic window panes past all reason

desire that hangs like mistletoe

over a door where wishes don’t

come true and the ice that clenches

in your chest frozen

First published in The Red Lacquer Room.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the Dec. 31, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015, issue

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