Five Minutes Before Winter

Five minutes before winter,

everything stops.


The sky opens up.

Silence penetrates the air.


And so the story goes,

without beginning or an end.


A finger points to nowhere,

a hand waves to the past.


Not knowing the distance

between right and wrong,

the path becomes obscure.


Delicacy of the moment,

wrapped in the wings of a dove.


Winter befalls autumn

in a whisper thin moment.


Cold is now the victor,

the sovereign of our days.


All set in wait for passage,

five minutes before winter.


*   Published by Live Encounters Poetry & Writing, July 2019

– Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Burningword Literary Journal; The Write Connection; Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore. *(a complete list of publications is available upon request)