Cold Truth

Last night the snow laid its ghostly hands
upon all the horizontals outside.
Some of the verticals and in-betweens
felt its curative touch, too.
Fresh-fallen, softly whitening the dark,
smoothing the points and edges,
beautifying the uglies too conspicuous
before the fall after Fall.
But, come windy morning, that which was covered,
and those sojourners not long passed
have carved their marks on the once-immaculate.
And with dawn’s rising light they reveal
Winter’s cold truth.

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22 thoughts on “Cold Truth

  1. Love that purifying blanket…and love too how it disappears so very quickly, revealing the ugliness that it ALMOST tricks us into forgetting. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Joe, and may your pen stand strong in 2012!

  2. love how you capture the ambivalence here…the covering..the comfort..the cold..the fall after fall..the soft whitening..the hard freezing… thanks for tending the bar tonight sir..

  3. You've captured the soft blanketing silence of snow that stirs deep in my memory. I particularly love the depth of: have carved their markson the once-immaculate.

  4. Oh my gosh, I love this! This line, in particular, I find superb:"upon all the horizontals outside"And this too, I love: "beautifying the uglies"Excellent piece.~Shawna

  5. Hi Joe, thanks for hosting tonight and sharing this piece. A beautiful write that makes me feel thankful for those moments when the cold hard truth is beautified … giving respite on the journey. Truly, a happy new year to you.

  6. Ending is so perfect… I liked it very much.. Shashiॐ नमः शिवाय Om Namah Shivayahttp://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/12/whisper-no-one-is-there-in-living-haiku.html

  7. lovely Joe, you always have a talent for connecting our place in emotion through the outside world setting. I felt the cold that this journey can be, takes me to a inward focus, truly enjoyed! My best to you this coming year my friend! ~ Rose

  8. Your poems always put me on the verge of tears, and I love it 🙂 I liked your use of the words, "horizontals" and "verticals" very much. It's so true that snow covers the ugly. Nice to be visiting your site again, Joe!

  9. First heavy snowfall is one of my favorite times of the year and one of my few favorites in winter. I love how you've laid a blanket of words over all the ugly bits made them sparkle.

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