When it’s raining in December
We know climate change is here
And we hardly can remember
When the snow brought Christmas cheer.
Then the sleigh bells all were jingling
As we coasted over the snow
And our voices all were mingling
In the carols we still know.
Now alas the gray rain’s falling
On the streets so wet and bare.
It is really quite appalling
That there’s not a snowflake there.
And the lakes are all unfrozen.
We’ve forgotten how to ski.
Oh we never should have chosen
To enact this tragedy.
(RiverWoods Poems, Dec. 2021)