The Celebration

Year wraps inside
white flutter covers tracks left by despair
snowflakes at liberty to define equality

As we go to sleep expecting to wake up to a brighter tomorrow

Curtains rise once
to mark the now for life remains a celebration
– sweet contentment

A break in the Country

Note: It’s been a year, like others! So, as we wrap up, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for your support and encouragement as I grow as a writer. Thank you very much.

Beginning of next year promises to be a busy one for me. And so, I’m taking a break and leaving you with a promise of a fresh poem in March 2017. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year to you all!

I’m also linking the poem to Prompt Nights in celebration of Sanaa’s upcoming birthday, “Round hour of dawning blush, come blow me a wish…”

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. You painted a lovely picture with your words Khaya. Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year. See you next year! 🙂

  2. Whistles!!❤️? My goodness, this is such a beautifully poignant write, Khaya 😀 love the image of those “snowflakes at liberty to define equality”.. its been such a pleasure writing alongside you this year ? hope to see you again next year in March! Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support❤️?

    Lots of love,

    PS: I m gonna miss you soo much?

  3. Beautiful poem, Khaya. Wishing you a peaceful and joyful holiday and all the best for the new year. See you back in March. ??

  4. “…snowflakes at liberty to define equality” I love what this line says about Nature and her effects on humanity. Regardless of what we have, of what we do, of whom we know… at the end of the day, we are creatures of the Nature and she will never let us forget that.

    Enjoy your end of year break. I shall miss you!

  5. Yes, life itself is the celebration, and the gift; we can easily forget this when it offers trials. Thank heaven for the NOW in which we can still find beauty and contentment!

  6. I love the feel of this. The idea of returning to a blank slate and decision to enjoy the gifts life gives in the moment.

  7. Always leave it to the weather to put foolish humans in their place as contentment is almost regarded a mark of failure! How welcome every new day is…rain, shine or even snow.

  8. We will miss you Khaya but your poem speaks of reaching a pause..peace and contentment..which is always a good thing. Have a peaceful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in March

  9. Hi Sanaa! It’s been a pleasure writing alongside you too. Looking forward to next year…
    Keeping writing!
    Much love.
    p.s. I sure will pop by from time to time 🙂

  10. Oh yes, regardless…nature is always a subtle reminder, and also abundant for all to enjoy. Thank you Maga. I promise to pop by for a visit in between, though I won’t be posting myself except on Instagram. 🙂

  11. Thank you for the NOW, indeed, Rosemary. When we don’t fret about the past nor future, we get to see beauty of the moment!

  12. Thank you, Jae. A pause is much needed, and yes I’m content with a number of things at this point. 🙂 Till next year…

  13. You certainly have and continue to grow as a writer quite impressively! Merry Christmas and all of the best to and for you throughout this holiday season… I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I look forward to your return in March!!!

  14. Happy Holidays my friend! I will keep in touch through e-mails! I love your words and I love your photo! I will miss you in blog land! Your writings are so touching! Big Hugs!

  15. I think that’s why I like the snow…it makes the world look so clean and new…like a blank canvas waiting to be worked on. Hope your new year has a very positive start 😀 XXX

  16. I agree Gina, and you’ve put it so well “snow does make [everything] look clean and new…like a blank canvas”. It is therefore, a call for the artist to capture (with whatever tools they use) those special moments. I hope the same for you Gina, a positive start. And many thanks for your support. 🙂

  17. May you and the family (both north and south) enjoy have a festive holiday season! God Bless! 😉

  18. Wishing you Happy Holidays and an enjoyable time off Khaya!! Your photo brings back warm memories of winters gone by when we used to actually have snow on Christmas.

  19. Hi Sartenada! Good to see you this side, thank you. I also wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, hope there’ll be some snow left in the south for Christmas. 🙂

  20. Thank you, Steph! Say that again, snow on Christmas has become a luxury. It’s busy melting right now instead of snowing. 🙁 Nonetheless, we can cling to memories. Happy Holidays!

  21. Hi Daal! I’ve just discovered your comment, and I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog. Welcome and stay. 🙂 I’ll be hopping to yours soon!

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