{Feature} Miranda Snaps #9 – The Desolation Of January

The Desolation Of January: A Poem & A Drabble

Miranda Crites

The Desolation of January

The gray desolation of January

Has crept in with the fog

Smothering out daylight

And devouring daydreams


Mist falls from the colorless sky

Droplets gather on bare branches

Then they plop to the ground

Further saturating the earth


Creeks and streams rush by

Carrying limbs and dead leaves

In their boiling murky waters

From the storms of many yesterdays


Mud squishes and slops

The land sinks further

The lifeless sky still cries

Not a speck of color


Are we only dormant

For a little while?

Only a season of deep sleep

To regenerate tomorrow?


Or is this the final winter

With no more springtimes to come?

Are we only waiting

For rebirth?


Where has life gone

During this barren season?

Will it come back this time?

Or are we in bleakness forever?

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Miranda Crites

Miranda Crites is a reader, writer, book reviewer, photographer, and lover of horror from the ghostly woods of rural West Virginia.

The writing bug bit Miranda at a very early age. She was pretty much born with a pen and a camera in her hands. She won the young writers’ contest in first grade and received her first camera as a gift when she was nine years old.

When not writing, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family. She and her family spend a lot of time off the grid where they are building a cabin in the supposedly haunted woods.

Miranda is self-employed. She and her husband create large and small vinyl decals, t-shirts, signs, and a plethora of creative customized items.

Some of her many hobbies when time allows are: making unique crafts and artwork, painting, hiking, and, of course, photography.

She has a diploma for Writing for Children and Teenagers although most of her current work is horror fiction and poetry.

Miranda is a member of Team Kendall Reviews at www.KendallReviews.com where you can find her horror book reviews and her monthly feature, Miranda Snaps, which generally contains horror fiction and photography.

Miranda is one of “The Thirty,” which is a group of thirty authors who are each taking a turn in writing a chapter of an in-progress horror novel.

You can follow Miranda on Instagram Miranda_C_rites

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