how cold was it?

A bundled man walked briskly by
his breath puffing white
like muttered cartoon balloons;
his footsteps quacked
on the snow like a duck
hoarse in the dry air.

A shopper boasted
he was going to the beach:
what’s the use of all the
hardening our cold summer
gave us if we had a wimp
of a mild winter?

The theatre parking lot was
a giant traffic snarl: wind hurled
blades of snow horizontal;
minivans blindly hugged the curb
in front of the entry, plan B if
the kids’ show was sold out.

Under the clear obsidian sky
and the achingly beautiful aurora
cars patrolled the crowded lot
tires groaning on the packed snow;
would-be patrons clustered around
the theatre entry, boots quacking
as they stomped to stay warm.

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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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