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Chicagoetry: A Mind Of Winter

A Mind of Winter

It was written, once,
in America, that

"one must have a mind

of winter...
and have been cold
a long time...
not to think

of any misery"
in the sound

of the frozen land,
the snow-encrusted black boughs,

expressways laced with black ice,
fire-breathing railroad switches,

ceramic images
of Mary and Joseph
calling dibs
on a shoveled-out

parking space.

Misery? Seriously?

Any more so
than any other season?
We have four.
One needs four-

one for each wind-

four each year
to develop
a full, dynamic
personhood, yes?

Adaptive, resourceful,
experienced, enduring;

no particular misery
in the back yard ice-rink,
the slow-cooked gumbo,
the hot apple-cinnamon cider,

the hand-knit scarf,
the TV crime-drama binge.

Piece of cake.

A mind of winter,
a heart of spring,
a soul of summer
and the sweet grieving brow

of early autumn.
Nothing particularly miserable,
nor miserly,
to winter

if you have
a mind of it.

Autumn, really,
should take the rap.
is the cruelest month:

the winds cool,
the leaves die

in a final eruption of color,
a last explosion of grace

before the white clouds
of winter's cold heaven descend.

Heaven! It's nothing!
Nothing insurmountable, nothing

we can't skate through.
I can almost hear

the tulips
begin to bloom.

Piece of cake.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


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