Sunday 18 December 2016 A Short Ride after the Ice Storm

It was 6 degrees F this morning at 8 under clear skies and with an occasional gust from the west or north.


Mostly ill-advised,
But to show it could be done,
Brought out my road bike.

Ice still was coating
The sidewalks and tree branches
On top of that, snow.

But road salt was spread
Abundantly in the streets,
Allowing passage.


I rode to Carle Park
Where the trees cast long shadows
On the snowy ground.


Stopped for a quick look
At ice on the tree branches,
Shiny twigs and buds.


Majestic dark trees
With spreading, twisting branches
Rose against the snow.


This short excursion
Was enough to connect me
With life in the cold.


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