Turn, Turn, Turn

It had been chilly

for the past couple of mornings

and today seemed cooler still.

So, for the first time this season

I put my coat and hat on –

to go forth.


I opened the door

and felt the soft kiss

of a breeze caress my face.

The morning air was indeed brisk

but at first I did not recognize –

what it meant.


And then I realized

that this is the day this year

the first morning of actual cold.

As I exhaled and saw my frosty mist,

my heart gladdened, eagerly my step quickened –

breath is here.


Unaware of the occasion

dad was at the kitchen table

eating his breakfast cereal.

Heartily, I burst in

barely able to contain my joy –

winter is.


Warming to the task, he got up

and said let’s do it

we went outside and bowed to each other

and then exhaled in unison

as our mystic breath commingled we enjoined –

“Hello, breath”


We stopped and shared the moment

getting ready to make friends warm

a kind of smelling the flowers.

We smiled in heartfelt gratitude

for each other and for the cold –

and for breath.


Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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