being cold

has hard winter come at last,

does one rhyme this, write icy

blast, or simply carry on

the usual way, he said it is progressive,

it is just the way we think.

early, clearing ashes, prepare

a fire with three pages, sticks and odd

ends of packaging. the better coal

with one small log does the trick.

the fire in the other room stays in

all night no problem, with a guard.

the fire officer came yesterday

to protect us in our beds.

today we wrap the winter

gifts.

some say spring has come.

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