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Winter Thrill
Wilda Morris

for W. W. Meade

Standing on my sled,
arms out for balance,
you flew down
the snowy slope.
I was as excited
as if I had done it
myself, Dad.

© by Wilda Morris.
Used with the author's permission.

Wilda Morris is the author of three poetry collections and two nonfiction books. Fond of walks in the woods, along shorelines or riverbanks, or through towns and cities, she especially enjoys walking with a grandchild or great-grandchild, seeing things through their eyes. Wilda, who lives in the Chicago suburbs, also loves to travel—whether to places she has never been or to those that have become almost like home due to repeated visits. For more than 14 years--until she got locked out due to a technical glitch--she provided a monthly poetry challenge for ot her poets at


Post New Comment:
Nice one, Wilda! I appreciate the sweet surprise of the ending.
Posted 01/13/2024 01:06 PM
Congratulations, Wilda!
Posted 01/09/2024 11:50 AM
Wilda Morris:
Thank you, everyone, for you comments.
Posted 01/09/2024 10:21 AM
The surprise ending heightens the daring, the courage, the balance on the sled as well as the skill of the poet on the page, holding the tension. Fun poem, Wilda!
Posted 01/08/2024 11:58 PM
So much to enjoy in this little poem--this is masterful.
Posted 01/08/2024 07:15 PM
From Susan T. Moss Nice visual poem and turn at the end of the poem, Wilda.
Posted 01/08/2024 01:51 PM
Lori Levy:
I can feel the excitement! Great!
Posted 01/08/2024 01:16 PM
Really liked this Wilda. Such a surprise ending and I love the inclusion of your self with Dad. You were a team.
Posted 01/08/2024 12:56 PM
Yes, fun! She resisted the urge to give that stunning last word on its own line.
Posted 01/08/2024 11:51 AM
Yay, Wilda!
Posted 01/08/2024 11:06 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Stirred memories of street blocked off for sledding, full moon hubcaps and broken cardboard boxes and late for school.
Posted 01/08/2024 10:45 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Love this sparse heartwarming uplifting poem dedicated to dad. Snowy slopes remind me of Montana. In Arizona we got hail yesterday, a rarity.
Posted 01/08/2024 10:36 AM
michael escoubas:
You put me "on that sled," Wilda! Nicely done.
Posted 01/08/2024 10:09 AM
Posted 01/08/2024 09:39 AM
Nice! Brings back wonderful memoriesCaroline
Posted 01/08/2024 09:38 AM
Perfect title for such a sweet moment!
Posted 01/08/2024 09:14 AM
Love it!
Posted 01/08/2024 08:49 AM
Susi Eastin :
So much said,in so few words. Love it! How can I send a message to Wilda Morris? ... just wondering if she's related to friends here.
Posted 01/08/2024 07:03 AM
Great image/story! Placing that last word just as you did really adds humor and feeling to the poem!
Posted 01/08/2024 05:58 AM

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