Fear of the Cold

January 18, 2012
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Trees suffocated by the snow,
Blanketed by clothes from head to toe.
I felt impervious to the cold,

Strutting over a hill, I looked down.
The frozen pond stood silent,
The clouds dimmed what was a shimmering image of ice.

I walked on to the frozen pond,
I heard the creaking under my feet at each step,
Slowly it grew louder, but I had this experience before.

Sucked in to the black hole
Ice was crushed underneath me
Each stroke slowing, muscles taut.

Winter’s grip strangled the air out of me,
Every breath was a struggle,
Nothing made sense.

I climbed a tree,
Connecting the shore and water.
I won the battle against the frigid water,

Meeting the shore,
I climbed to see my safety,
My protection.

I looked at my house,
Each step grew warmer
My room was my true objective,

In bed, the blankets’ warmth was all I wanted.

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