Friday, January 8, 2010

the god of winter

It's very cold in deep south
Texas tonight---a place noted
more for its totally uncalled for
summer heat. They say it may
freeze tonight. The following is
from another winter here, eight
years ago.

I rush from my car
to reach the refuge
of my cozy little house

wind blows coldness
up against my soul
layers and layers
of clothing
skin and bone and fat
no defense against this
biting visitor

trampling downcast leaves
beneath my feet
golden yellow
mottled brown
discouraged green
I hurry up the path
but still can't help
but notice

the butter yellow
papaya flowers fallen
sadly to the ground
potential destroyed
fruit unborn
sacrificed on an icy altar
to the cruel god of winter...

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1 comment:

  1. I like this one too. I'm more used to cold and winter, since I am from MA.


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