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224. When – Then

I wrote this today partly because my granddaughter needed a poem from me for the newspaper she’s putting out. But after I wrote it, I realized it was so true for me. I’m not truly a winter-lover. Sometimes I don’t mind winter and snow storms if I can stay in the house, which I can do now that I’m 79 and I can just say “I’m not going anywhere today.” But even so, there comes a time in winter when this poem kicks in. And today is that day.

When—Then

when the temperature drops

to nine point five

and the snow turns grey

at the edge of the road

when there’s no blue sky

for six days straight

and the branch breaks off

from the weight of the ice

when clouds hang heavy

and the wind whistles loud

then I just start counting

the days to spring

—–Ann Freeman Price

© Copyright 2012 Ann Freeman Price

The deeper question is how many “When – Then’s” do you have in your life. How many of those situations are there for you where after three or four “when’s,” you find an almost automatic “then” kicks in.

Another example for me is when clutter starts to accumulate in my living space, and when it gets worse and worse, and when there are piles of stuff on the floor or on chairs, then, oh yes, then I start to freak out and get ahold of it, and have a day where the clutter gets re-organized and looks more ordered.

I’ll have to think about whether I have any more “When – Then’s.”

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