Skating on the pond,
WARMLY WRAPPED against the cold.
Tobogganing, faster and faster
Snowflakes, snowballs, snowmen
Cold is a sheer delight at seven
The cold might even close the school.
So we have – hooray! – an extra day’s holiday.
At seventy snow has a different meaning.
Settling into old bones
With a chill
That extra heating will not stop.
Fear of Falling
of broken bones
of osteoporsis setting in.
At seventy there is so much that you can’t do
Too far to go – in the snow
Don’t want to risk it – in the snow
Might slip in the snow
Might fall in the snow.
Then what would I do?