Cold Winter Hearts

a person in winter walking on a pathway

Icy Feelings

it comes over me, oh

makes me feel old

like a blanket of snow

the cold, the cold

numbing my ears and running my nose

deadening feelings

making thinking leaden

effortful and pointless

even the brightness

the eyestraining wonderlight

from the sunsparkled snow

only briefly makes me feel right

maybe that is the cause, though

perhaps this pernicious cold

penetrates the soul

turning good hearts bad

making people mad

unhappy, and snappy

icy and brittle

especially those little hearts

that were cold at the start

perhaps, perhaps

though perhaps the real reason

that this frosty relationship

has always been freezing

is that it was never warm

that it is past its season

Photo by Jordan Rushton on

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