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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winter Depths

He went out as the morning sun,
Made new snow glisten bright.
The world was still, the air was cold
The storm passed with the night.

He carefully prepared his mount
With blankets and with tack,
The snow had stopped, the wind had died
He had cattle now to check.

The two of them moved carefully
Into the world of white.
Their breath streamed out behind them
Making clouds in morning light.

But it wasn’t long before he stopped
And looked about him there.
Then pulled his ‘cell phone from his coat
And dialed his wife with care.

“Hi, Hon!” he said with chatt’ring teeth,
Just thought I’d give a call,
To let you know I’m heading back,
Things don’t look good at all.”

“The snow out here’s too deep,” he said.
“It’s cold and wet, I’ve found.
It’s reached the tops of both my boots
It’s hard to get around.”

His puzzled wife said to her man.
“Your boot tops aren’t tall.
“I don’t see how a drift that deep
Could hamper you at all.”

Her husband frowned, “They don’t,” he said.
“Well, they don’t bother me.
But this poor horse I’m sitting on.
He simply cannot see.”
Daddy in winter . . .
My poem today is part of a challenge.
My friend/intrepid leader, Karen issues them every month.
Poetry on a theme.
This month? Cold Days.
Right up my ski hill. So to speak.
Now that you've read mine, go and see what Karen and my other friends have constructed.
You'll be glad you did!
Karen of Baking In A Tornado: Cold Days Saga
Dawn of Cognitive Script: Ccccold Days
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Cold Days.

16 comments:

  1. oh noooo!

    Absolutely love it. :)

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  2. Ha! I love it! This was a super fun one.

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  3. You always make me smile. This reminds me of a snow storm long ago in New England when we couldn't even get out the front door.

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    1. I saw a picture recently of a snowed-in doorway. The owners were using it to chill beer! There were several cans stuck into the snow. Pretty clever! ;)

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  4. LOL! And that picture is priceless as an accompaniment :)

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    1. That was my dad. Always looking for the 'cute' shot! :)

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  5. Loved this. I think I know cold and snow in Connecticut, but something tells me its a whole new ballgame where you live!

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    1. We used to get feet and feet. Sadly, not so much any more. But we can still dream. And story-tell! :)

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  6. Smiling broadly. And revelling in the cool (and cooling) image.

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    1. And I'm thinking of you enjoying the summer heat! What is it they say about opposites?

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  7. Oh, I loved the surprise ending. Yup, places like that in upstate New York, too - one called the Tughill Plateau. Meters and meters of snow.

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  8. I saw this going in a completely different direction. This is brilliant!

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