Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Cold

And now, maybe because it’s been really, really cold lately, a poem about winter.

 

This is the season when

the cold hurts my face

when every corner is a wind tunnel

and the clothes are never thick enough

 

This is the season when laundry

hung out in the morning is never

dry by evening

only tossed about in icy wind

until it’s resignedly brought inside

to sit under the heater

 

This is the season when we make love

under thick covers

and lay curled together afterwards

not shivering

for at least a few minutes

 

This is the season when I smile

at the turning of the metal crank

and the “thump” sound of the gas firing up

knowing that my bath or shower

will be scalding

 

This is the season when any hot food

tastes rich and soothing

when the flavors are all new and

nothing warm can taste bad

 

This is the season when

a world beyond the cold

does not exist, or looks distorted

and distant

through the snow and the

visible breath.

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2013 by in (post) Grad life, Japan and tagged .
Anne McKnight

writing•translation•scholarship on Japan (and a few other things)

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