Daylight gathers strength
as February wanes. Snow
melts, refreezes, crystallizes
along the deck rail, on steps.
Rabbits and squirrels trample
a runway between trees.

A looming storm gathers
all available breath, pushes its way
eastward ahead of the next
thaw. It exhales a chill so insidious

I shiver before any thermometer
registers the precipitous drop
that threatens the very existence
of that fire we have struggled
so long to keep alive.


This second in the series by Kathleen, is chilling as Winter starts to bite.


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