Tag Archives: winter

mixed.

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mixed feelings

when walking inside from another round of snow

and being greeted by a 4th of july display

at least i have my sandals on 

with my long down coat

and i am ready for anything.

“there are certain odd times and occasions

in this strange mixed affair we call life

when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.”

-herman melville

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eternal.

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hope springs eternal

and

as the snow returns once more

i hope for eternal spring 

or for even just a month of it. 

“in the spring,

i have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

-mark twain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image credit: flower power gnome – magic onions

storming.

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march.

storming in like a buffalo

and out like a wing?


“february makes a bridge and march breaks it. “

– Witts Recreations, Selected from the Finest Fancies of Moderne Muses, with a Thousand Outlandish Proverbs (edited by George Herbert, 1593–1633)

 

 

 

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image credit: tom murphy, Yellowstone Park Buffalo, “Frozen Snow”

shovel.

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one day

at the beginning of this long winter

a sweet kid not more than 14 years old

showed up at my front door

shovel in hand

wearing sweatshirt and gloves

quiet and polite

asking if i wanted to hire him

yes!

without a moment’s hesitation

soon he was at work 

clearing my walks, my driveway, my porch

he charged me a very fair rate

 looking to make some cash before christmas

lives with his mom

in an apartment nearby

 i know nothing else about him

except that he works very hard

often appears without warning

just in time

to clear my path and then

is gone again as soon as he’s finished his work

i’ve no way to contact him

sometimes i see his steps and shovel marks

signs that he’s stopped over

but our timing was off

and now

on this weekend

with the long days of deep snow

he’s nowhere to be found

oh, where, oh, where,

 is the kid with the shovel?

and so

i am paying myself

 getting a free workout

day after day

 i’m sure i’ll see him again

maybe when it’s time

to move dirt

for the gardens.

“never doubt the power of love or one woman with a shovel.”

-carrie newcomer

up all night.

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a glimpse into the real story behind the legend.

 the groundhog

stays up all night

trying to calculate

exactly when spring will arrive

and is exhausted

when they wake him up

to bring him out

early in the morning

for his official prediction

each february 2nd

on groundhog day.

“i’m so tired…i was up all night trying to round off infinity.”

-steven wright