Holiday Poems by Sheryl L. Nelms

Today is the third day in the series of holiday stories, poems and songs created by members of the Trinity Writers’ Workshop. These submissions were included in the  TWW Christmas Book which was given to children and their families during the  Christmas at the Stockyards event in Fort Worth, Texas on December 3, 2011. The third of these writers is Sheryl Nelms.

Sheryl is originally from Marysville, Kansas.  She graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Relations and Child Development.

She has had over 4,500 poems, stories and articles published.  Some of the magazines, anthologies and textbooks that have used her work are: READER’S DIGEST, MODERN MATURITY, KALEIDOSCOPE, CAPPER’S, GRIT, COUNTRY WOMAN, POETRY NOW, CRICKET, Strings, This Delicious Day, The American Anthology, Girls To The Rescue and Men Freeing Men.

Fourteen collections of her poetry have been published.  Some of them are: Their Combs Turn Red In The Spring, The Oketo Yahoos, Strawberries and Rhubarb, Rural America, Land of the Blue Paloverde, Friday Night Desperate, Aunt Emma Collected Teeth, Stalking Spirits, Secrets of the Wind, Howling At The Gibbous Moon and Greatest Hits 1978-2003.

Her most recent collection is Bluebonnets, Boots and Buffalo Bones.

Sheryl has taught writing and poetry classes at conferences, colleges and schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Dakota.  She recently taught workshops at Amarillo College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Tarrant County College, Abilene Christian University, Tarleton State University and the Society of Children’s Book Writers Conference in Arlington, Texas.  She was a Bread Loaf Contributor at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Middlebury, Vermont. In South Dakota, she was a Writer-in-the-Schools with the South Dakota Arts Council.

She was the editor of OAKWOOD, the SDSU literary magazine.  She was a contributing editor to BYLINE, a national writers’ magazine and to STREETS, a national literary magazine. She was the editor of CRAWFORD’S CHRONICLES, an insurance trade publication.  She has been a staff writer for several newspapers and magazines.  For the past ten years, she has been the essay editor of THE PEN WOMAN MAGAZINE, the membership magazine of the National League of American Pen Women.

Currently, she is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, The Society of Southwestern Authors, Abilene Writer’s Guild and Trinity Arts Writers Association.

She’s also a painter, a weaver and an old dirt biker.

The following are poems Sheryl has written for the TWW Christmas book.

Winter’s Potholes



across the unctuousness

of asphalt

invite my tires

to drop


Deep Freeze

Fort Worth

at ten below

is one




Christmas Eve in Dallas

oak branches

wiggle in

the iced wind




the clouded


Artic Air in Texas

brings black bean

soup, warm

and simmered

wool blankets




a fire



hot chocolate

and powdered sugar


long underwear

flannel shirt

and comfort

Christmas Shopping Bugaboo


is always

the hardest.

She’s either

got it

or she’s

allergic to


Cloud Walking

the weather man

called it

freezing fog

it looked



in the hills

where spangled

feet of frost


through the cedars

The Enchanted Christmas Eve

it was the


I was ten

my brother

was seven

we were at Gram and Gramps’

in Marysville, Kansas

with Mom and


Aunt Ardie

Uncle Dale

and cousin Larry

Gramps took us kids

out for a ride

in the snow

to look at

the lights

he said

 when we came back

there were twin Flyer sleds

under the Christmas tree

for Larry and me

 and Santa

was sitting in

 the kitchen

with Grandma

eating her fresh


Don’t forget that beginning January 2, 2012, I am offering a two month class in character development called Simply Creating Fictional Characters.

The class will include techniques in building believable, interesting three-dimensional characters. I will also assist and encourage students to interact with each other through twitter, facebook and their blogs.

I think it will be a great way to start the new year.

To find out more about the classes go to click on the tab classes and creative writing classes.

Looking forward to seeing your there.


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

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