Silver bells ring, tinkling to “Let It Snow”
Dozens of lights blink the colors of the rainbow
Bows, strings, paper, and tape clutter the floor
Cards avalanche when you open the door
Sparkling all December long
Snowflakes brush your cheeks like kisses from heaven
The wind strums a song to all with ears to listen
Icicles reflect sun rays like mosaic tiles
Snowmen greet travelers with giant smiles
Glittering all winter long
A mother’s tears melt the frozen ground beneath the soldier’s feet
Grandma’s eyes glow, showering her grandchildren with piles of treats
Laughter and hugs warm hearts more than Florida’s sun and sand
Coins jingle out of a pocket into a dirty, blistered hand
Shimmering all year long
Stars blaze through the blackness, leaving a trail of mercy
Angels paint the sky the vibrant colors of the Almighty
Golden presents beam with the people’s exaltation
God’s Son wraps His present of redemption
Glistening all eternity long
Mariposa Aristeo is a writer of quirky characters and fantastical adventures filled with heart, humor, hope, and, very often, dinosaurs. If you can’t find her in one of her own imaginary worlds, try combing the pages of a great middle-grade fantasy novel.
At Story Embers, igniting (and sometimes imploding) ideas is her favorite pastime, so she often uses her creativity to make graphics for articles and writing quotes, as well as implement new strategies for SE’s social media channels. Explosions aside, she loves getting to know each and every writer here at SE by running the popular #embersgram hashtag on Instagram and responding to your questions and emails.
Besides being a co-owner of Story Embers, Mariposa is a member of ACFW, a children’s book illustrator, and the host of the IGTV series #middlegrademagicwithmari. You can check out her book recommendations (and shenanigans) on her Instagram page or her character sketches on her art account.