el niño

stuck my finger out the door
pulled finger back pretty fast
cat won’t go outside
kid’s tongue stuck to a steel pole
breath froze like a thunder cloud
talk is of wollies for the rest of the winter
good thing too

month ago
palmy breezes shirtsleeve weather
global warming got a boost
politicians rolling up their elbows
going to fix it arrogance

on a scale of one to a million
where one is normal weather
and a million is planet pulverization
this winter ranks about a ten
when I was a kid
we had pretty much all this
and more
I walked uphill through waist-deep snow
both going to school and coming home
my fingers froze and dropped off
heck my arms turned black
and that was in bed
we sure were relieved when summer came
‘course it only stayed for five days

worried about the weather?


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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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