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Kentucky Color: Snow

By Billy Joe Fudge

The snowstorm is slow in arriving
Which means it will be slow in leaving.
This could grossly affect the inches
We could very soon be receiving.

Although many of us do love it,
With its blanket of white and purity;
There are many who dread its coming
'Cause of lack of food security.

Trepidations are often relieved
Once the storm is past and traveled on;
Just as fears and tortures of the night
Are defeated by the coming dawn.

Almost no one laments its beauty
As the flakes fall silently to ground;
Nor the tripod tracks leading to where,
Mr. Rabbit's warren might be found.

On foot we trek across field and dell
As the white, cold and calm surround us.
Cedar boughs droop beneath their load and
Briar patches threaten to impound us.

Sunlight glistens alive from the snow,
Our breath is the only cloud we see;
Cold Northwest winds whip up snow devils
Leeward of the pasture's only tree.

Our sled with greased runners carries us
From a ridge with a warm barrel stove,
Down across frozen cow path jump offs
To a drift-ladened valley below.

After ignoring aches, pains and blood,
We tack left, right and straight to the top
Where we warm nearly frost-bitten hands,
Then repeat till darkness makes us stop.

Yes, honest introspection tells us,
There are many reasons to hate snow.
However, youthful exuberance,
And grandeur - will help us love it so!

This story was posted on 2021-02-15 09:14:36
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