Winter Flats

Dear Editor:


Sucking mud-

Crackling ice-

Gritty sand protests

As cold stabbing steel teeth

Reluctantly reveals a hard won

Winter harvest.


Steamed glasses-

Numb toes-

Tingling fingers in snot

Backed gloves-

Bills to pay.


Early morning visions of

Summer’s warmth-

Blown and iced over-

Only these cold flats

Of winter,

Seeping into

Desperate tired Bones.


Nadine Murphy


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