1-9 Ice Storm

Thankfully, this occurred a number of years ago, but is apropos given it ~ 5 degrees outside and frozen snow is everywhere. I let faucets drip through the night.

 

Ice Storm

 

Glistening in headlights,

icy trees resemble deep-sea hydras.

Our house fills with chilly pitch. In candlelight

my breath bumps against a bureau

as I rummage for sweatpants and wool socks.

 

In the den we burrow under sleeping bags.

The fireplace stretches its red-coal throat

wide as a Roc hatchling.

 

I doze, and dream a spark lands on the rug

 

when upstairs a pipe seizes—

clangs from Cold’s bludgeon.

 

Awake, shuddering,

I hold my breath and listen for spurting water

 

but only flickers of flame

 

echo from dark corners.

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