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May 21, 2024

Hazy Coldness

I have looked into the powdery fog and almost-frozen mud:

Crusted over, crumbling, like old towels or rugs. 

I have stuck my hands in fridges and frozen chicken guts. 

The cold is too diverse a thing to abhor or love. 

I have not outsmarted frost or even ice, to my chagrin.

I have never scraped the cold from any thin, deficient skin.

I have felt the chill spawn snowflakes that melt between my hands,

And holidays: feasts and presents: pies and violins. 

Yet, as my palms and fingers turn the shade of fading coal dust,

I’ll count the coats and carabiners strewn across some ruined lands. 

I doubt they’ll find the bodies, but even if they do,

They’ll be casualties and close companions of the hazy coldness. 

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