I walk back from the corner store my foggy breaths
leading me up the hill.
I see Orion in the southern sky
so clear against the indigo
with the crescent silver shining
just over his outstretched arm.
The sky dome clear horizon to horizon,
and my face numb,
but shining moonlight
back up as I take it all in.
The streams of water on the driveway
are frozen into slick low speed bumps
shattering the moonlight
on their hard surface.
I place one foot on an ice stream
feel it start to slide so easily down,
I have chocolate in my pocket
sodas for my children in my gloved hands.
I stand just a little longer,
My face growing numb.
I walk down the driveway
watch for the icy patches
up the steps.
As I open the door the warm inside
leaps on me
pulls me in saying,
“Here you are again!
in your island of warmth
in the midst
of a tranquil sea of winter.”