The Yule Stag, original watercolor by J. Dianne Dotson

There is a hush on winter nights
That glisten in frost
And the dripping remnants
Of a recent snowmelt
Stand still, and gleam
In the light of a full moon.

The softest footfalls
Stir the stillness,
And lo,
A lone stag wanders
Among the firs
Amidst the holly.