Sunday, August 8, 2021
Black and white photo of a building in winter with a tree in the foreground and the ground is covered in snow.
Photo by Anna Zalevskaya

The day was bitter cold
As I walked home

From school

To get my mittens that I 
Forgot because my 

Teacher made me 

Go and get them

The earth’s ice carapace 
Cracked beneath

My feet

And my fingers froze
Brittle as twigs

But the lesson that I learned
Came later––in loving 

You––how forgetting

To cover up against 
The cold

 . . . can hurt.