In case the unseasonable weather is a passing fancy and the Groundhog predicts on Saturday that winter will drag on, here is a good way to outsmart the tedium of Baudelaire’s “limping days” of snowdrifts. And a bonus poem from Jeanne Emrich, who reports a brief spell of “warm weather” in Minnesota– 30º.
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The Middle of Here
by Jeanne Emrich
Minnesota Branch, MN
Winter’s settled in now, sure of itself once more.
Though the trees, those naked supplicants,
reach for answers; though the gray sky
stares back indecipherably; though even
reflections in the window appear confused,
winter knows what’s what.
It knows it’s always snowing somewhere,
always in the middle of some places’s here.
Like in this parking lot as I leave
the grocery store, armed with asiago,
olives, and nectarines from warmer climes.
Look, snowflakes are falling right into the bag.
Look, the horizon is white and all around.