“I pray this winter be gentle and kind—a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.”
— John Geddes
I ran the whole month of January,
one day like the next, with task
after task, paperwork like snow
drifts on my desk, and I thought
spring must next….It feels
as if we lived three winters in one
month, temperatures up and down
and up again; and Christmas….
Did we have Christmas?
It seems a blur, like we skipped
from mid-October to January 1st.
Now another weather event
will descend, and I wonder
if that blanket of cold will allow
for a coziness I’ve not known
for a long, long while, a rest
from the constant turning
of my mind, a day or two
“of easy wind and downy flake”
and no “promises to keep”
or “miles to go before I sleep.”
—C.L. Fisher, February 2022
*Italicized portions from Robert Frost’s Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening.
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