“Empty Nest” by Cristine A. Gruber

I miss the summer evenings

when you came home warm,

a lightness to your step,

a smile a glance away,

a clear twinkle, a lighter air.


There was more noise in summer,

though we never thought of it

as such. It was merely the vitality

that season brings, resonating

throughout the hills and valleys.


Winter is quieter, and colder too.

We walk through the frost

in black and white moods,

hugging frozen sweaters

to freezing extremities.









Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in “North American Review,” “Writer’s Digest,” “Writers’ Journal,” “The Endicott Review,” “The Penwood Review,” “Thema,” and “Westward Quarterly.” She has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Cristine studied Literature, Philosophy, and World Religions at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is a member of The California State Poetry Society and The Poetry Society of America. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “Lifeline,” was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.com. Cristine loves great pasta and fine wine, long walks, and good books. She continues to reside in Southern California and has two grown children.