Have You Seen Cold?

sundial sparkle

Have you seen Cold?

Henna-blued in shade Cold,

Stiff and frigid suede Cold,

Sparkled, gem-inlaid Cold,

Have you seen Cold?

*

Have you heard Cold?

Crisply crunching whack Cold,

Ice upheaval crack Cold,

Blizzard-blowing smack Cold,

Have you heard Cold?

*

Have you felt Cold?

Puts your soul to sleep Cold,

Biting, makes-you-weep Cold,

Hurts-to-breathe-in-deep Cold,

Have you felt Cold?

*

Loosely based on Joanne Oppenheim’s delightful children’s book ‘Have You Seen Β Birds?’ Β For those of you who have never experienced temperatures in the -40s, you can’t possibly imagine Cold. Β Here is your crash-course introduction…

Advertisements

20 comments on “Have You Seen Cold?

  1. Gallivanta says:

    I feel your cold…..brrrrr.

  2. Robert Rife says:

    Well do I remember certain Calgary winters with those temps. Worst of all was the winter semester I spent near Winnipeg finishing my undergrad degree. -55% one morning with the wind chill. Delightful.

    • melodylowes says:

      God bless Winnipeg… You have seen, felt, and heard cold – and lived to tell about it! There should be some sort of badge of courage we could wear. ‘I took my dog for a walk at -55 and didn’t lose a limb to frostbite’ would do, wouldn’t it? πŸ™‚

      • Robert Rife says:

        Indeed. I recall helping some poor fellow push his car out of the ditch (an all too common occurrence in Manitoba!) at that temperature. When I hear Yakima folks bitching about the weather in whatever it is we call ‘winter’ I just politely smile and think…”you have absolutely no idea, do you?”

      • melodylowes says:

        Is it a properly smug smile? πŸ˜‰

  3. Melody, your poem is winter wonderful!! I am so embarrassed at what a wimp I’ve become since living on this island… We went out to take photos, in a field, this morning and I am still trying to get warm – hours later! The ground is frosty in parts but not even frozen… I salute you!
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • melodylowes says:

      πŸ™‚ There is a kind of perverse pride in keeping all as usual no matter what kind of wicked winter weather is tossed our way. And yet – we flock to warmer places all winter, to escape! Go figure…

      • I grew up with a skating rink in our backyard that my dad always made. Now you couldn’t drag me back to my snow laden hometown since I’ve turned into a west coaster! But I miss the beauty of bright whiteness on our very gray days… Enjoy your beautiful surroundings and thank you for sharing it with all of us – it’s lovely!!!

      • melodylowes says:

        The colours the past few days in this cold snap have been so crisp and clear and magical – I can’t be out too long without my shutter hand needing a warm-up – but I’ll try to get some good shots just for you! πŸ™‚

  4. I feel blued-in this crunch!

  5. lylekrahn says:

    Nothing like a clear cold day. I remember in my 20s going out to play hockey ridiculously early in the morning when it was -40 (before wind chill). I forgot to plug the car in but it started even though it was outside. The things we do in the cold …

    • melodylowes says:

      We are a hardy stock, to be sure! It throws us into giggles when it snows a few cm in Vancouver and they shut down the schools… We bought a used car once and (gasp) it didn’t have a winterfront, b/c it came from the States somewhere. What a shock… πŸ™‚

  6. Caddo Veil says:

    You are marvelously talented and clever, Melody! I love this. I vaguely remember some very cold Minn winters–I don’t know the exact temp, but the snow drifts were taller than we children were. Not my cup of tea, a ‘tall.

  7. Debbie says:

    I love how you did this Cold poem! And I have a friend in Alaska . ..so I’ve learned to not ever complain about weather. haha! I think her and her family don’t even put coats on until it’s in the teens! We are wimps!

What are your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s