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Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 01:38 pm

northfifthstreet poem #16

worst blizzard in years on tuesday
that evening the school parking lot
next door got plowed I thought
prematurely left a mountain of snow
between me and the curb then at
eleven o’clock I heard laughter
thought what are kids doing out in
this weather this wind chill are they
ok I looked out until I spotted them
in the parking lot three kids about
twelve years old by the streetlamps
climbing up the mountain rolling
down somersaulting down sliding
down on fronts and backs again and
again no sleds no cardboard head over
heels playing laughing into the still
street the still snow watching I knelt
at the window it’s good for the heart
to see children play hear their laughter
especially on a snowy windy night
a night with the wind chill heading
for zero a night when one’s own
wind chill has been near zero too

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