deep freeze

deep cold

Tonight is dverse Open Link Night.  Today’s offerings are what’s most on my mind today — keeping the fire going.  It’s been chilly all day and the fire is on the third try.  Today’s offerings are four lanturnes, described as a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

A short video from last night’s fire, which is in contrast to the fire of today:

 

Bones

that ache

in marrow’s

deepest reach, cold

reigns.

*

Breathe

and nose

hairs crackle

when sub zero

hits.

*

Toes

wiggle

in vain when

seeking feeling;

numb.

*

Sleep

curled in

thick cocoon

only air holes

bare.

36 Comments Add yours

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh wow to experience that kind of weather must be something! Love how eloquently you have executed the form 💞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Sanaarizvi. At times like this I feel like a “cold vampire” in that I would love to suck the heat right out of someone.

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      1. Lona Gynt says:

        Have you met my vampire friend? I will introduce you via a post link if that would not be too spammy… 😉

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Lona, only if your friend is a heat vampire 😉

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          1. Lona Gynt says:

            So is that a yes? You have to invite them in y’know… (don’t wowwy its not scawy)

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Let me think about it ok?

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              1. Lona Gynt says:

                sure… (I’m talking about a satirical vampire story btw hehe)

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  bring it on!
                  ::holy water (in form of tea) in hand::

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                    1. msjadeli says:

                      just tried the link twice and it says page not found…

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                    2. Lona Gynt says:

                      must be the holy water tea…

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                    3. msjadeli says:

                      I just typed the title into the search box and it brought it up — 10/29/18. k got it.

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                    4. Lona Gynt says:

                      have fun… (I like your sense of humor btw).

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                    5. msjadeli says:

                      does the link end with /ha ?

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  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I detest winter here in the mountainous Pac NW. I once dreamed of strangling snowflakes. The only happy folks here are winter sports nuts and owners of car repair shops. This is a new form to me; perhaps it could appear as a prompt for us on MTB.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I thought the weather between the mountains and the ocean was pretty fair in the Pac NW? Or are you saying you live ON the mountain? Yipes. I actually love snow but hate cold but can’t seem to find a happy medium there. What is MTB?

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    A very cool idea. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂 glad you liked it

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  4. Living in southern Ontario, I have experience these poems, at various times in my life. And this November was truly time of soul testing. If I could, would move to somewhere warmer, where wind chills aren’t measured at -12 C, midday..Could accept this, if the calendar page read January or February, but not November. Sigh.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      exactly. it’s way too cold for november

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  5. rob kistner says:

    I was shivering reading this Jade, and l really liked the shaped concrete form. Nice work… 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      can’t you tell those are blocks of ice? 😉

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  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like those “nose hairs” crackling.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I can always tell it’s below zero when they crackle!

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  7. Ha.. love the cocoon… that’s how I sleep too.

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  8. Grace says:

    I just bundle under thick blankets…its very cold up here in Canada. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I live due west of Toronto, on the shores of Lake MI. We get a lot of cold breezes across the lake from Chicago. Lots of layers and I’ve also taken to sleeping on a heating pad. What part of Canada are you in?

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  9. Gina says:

    love the form, your choice of words were very precise

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gina. It was being felt acutely, so that helped with word choice 🙂

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  10. Lona Gynt says:

    Just don’t let the cold freeze the heart like it did to our terrifying “Shining” friend in the picture. you have inpried me to go put on a jacket… and I am in Alabama. brrrr.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve been wearing my jacket in the house and have a throw over the lower half when watching movies. Jack Frost can find someone else to harass!

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      1. Lona Gynt says:

        you are set girl!

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  11. Mish says:

    I was so relieved by the last stanza to warm me up! Where I live we have extremes in climate and I’m still not sure which I hate the most, the heat or the cold.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Do you live in a desert climate? I’ve heard there can be extremes between day and night temps in the desert. Here it never gets extremely hot, even at its hottest.

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      1. Mish says:

        I live in Southwestern Ontario. I was speaking of the extremes between 90’s in the summer or higher with the humidex and our bone chilling wind chills in the winter.

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