December in Boston

White frosting on the ground,
icing on the trees as well.
Cold air nips at noses,
wool capped walkers lean into wind.

Skaters glide clockwise
round Boston’s frozen Frog Pond.
Brightly colored mittened hands
wave happily to friends.

Old North’s bells chime
as they did in Paul Revere’s day.
Her white steeple towers proudly
over festively garlanded gates.

Mrs. Martignetti and son
sit in Modern Pastry Shop.
Chat and warm their hands
over cappuccino filled coffee cups.

Oh yes, it’s true.
Everyone admits it.
Old Man Winter is definitely here.

Written for Open Link Night Live at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today, we’re invited to post any poem of our choice and join others at a LIVE dVerse session which is from 3 to 4 PM, Boston time. To join us, either to read your own poem or just to listen, click here at 3 PM and follow easy directions to access. It’s a global bunch and a lot of fun. All poetry written and read in English. Photo from

NOTE: The line about Mrs. Martignetti and son is dedicated to Anthony Martignetti. Anthony came to the U.S. as a 9-year old. He became famous when, as a 12-year old Italian immigrant, he ran through Boston’s North End in a television commercial for Prince spaghetti, as his mother yelled “Anthony!” The commercial first aired in 1969 and ran for 14 years making him a local and national celebrity. See short video below of the commercial and its history.

19 thoughts on “December in Boston

  1. SelmaMartin December 9, 2021 / 10:27 am

    Lovelovelove the poem. And lovelovelove the commercial tribute to that boy/man. RIP. Thanks for sharing. xo

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus December 9, 2021 / 4:04 pm

    You reading of this was cheery, but the words themselves radiate positive and festive vibes. It was so nice to hear, to feel something that leaves a smile in its wake.

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  3. Ain S December 9, 2021 / 4:12 pm

    That is such an atmospheric poem, I mean full, bursting with atmosphere. I enjoyed the reading very much..


  4. Ron Rowland December 9, 2021 / 4:16 pm

    This is great, and even included “Anthony”. I wonder, is the clockwise skating a written or an unwritten rule. I ask because it seems the unwritten norm is counterclockwise everywhere I’ve skated.


  5. msjadeli December 9, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    I enjoyed hearing you read this today, Lillian. A heart-warming slice of Americana.


  6. Ali Grimshaw December 9, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    A picture of the season. This was my favorite stanza before I even read about the backstory.
    Mrs. Martignetti and son
    sit in Modern Pastry Shop.
    Chat and warm their hands
    over cappuccino filled coffee cups.

    Thanks for sharing the local history.
    Stay warm and well.


  7. memadtwo December 9, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    wonderful bit of history in your seasonal words (K)


  8. Mary (tqhousecat) December 9, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    I love this. I remember the commercials. Can’t say I miss living in Boston but I do miss Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market and great Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. where I worked at Mass Rehab.


  9. sanaarizvi December 9, 2021 / 7:02 pm

    This is gorgeously worded, Lillian 😀 I really enjoyed learning about “Old North’s bells,” from you during the LIVE session. 💝💝


  10. Xan December 9, 2021 / 7:55 pm

    Ah that sure sign of winter: cold hands wrapped around a warm mug.


  11. robtkistner December 10, 2021 / 4:53 am

    Beautiful Lillian. Wraps around one like a bright, colorful winter quilt. Your reading of it today was superb my friend, and being able to embrace the words makes it brilliantly three dimensionally alive? So well written!


  12. Gillena Cox December 10, 2021 / 7:51 am

    Warm Wishes. Luv your welcome of old man winter, who never ☺visits our hot Caribbean clime


    Liked by 1 person

  13. Ingrid December 10, 2021 / 8:28 am

    I love the scene you paint here, Lillian: I really felt like I was in it!


  14. Sunra Rainz December 10, 2021 / 3:51 pm

    It was lovely to hear you read this, Lillian. Such a cosy poem! It gave me the festive feels 🙂


  15. paeansunplugged December 11, 2021 / 12:57 pm

    So good to enjoy winter through your words! Our winters are cold but it doesn’t snow.


  16. merrildsmith December 12, 2021 / 6:29 am

    It was wonderful to hear you read this atmospheric poem. I’ve visited the spots you mention, and of course, I know the history.


  17. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) December 12, 2021 / 10:06 am

    I had of course never seen the commercial, but it is a wonderful tribute and so great for the season.


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