Cold Radiance



graying world

sunset’s branches

tremble with cold while tasting northern winds

radiant with sunset, adventure begins

under branches

cold echoes

with dog’s


This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly is another form that I haven’t written in before, so we’ll see what everyone thinks! This week’s host was D. Avery; you can find her prompt poem “Dream Seeds” here, and here are the prompt guidelines:

  • Write a ‘Tetractys’;
  • A further challenge is for the first and last word to be the same;
  • A double or triple Tetractys, in either order, would be okay.

It’s -8 degrees Fahrenheit outside this afternoon (-28 with the wind chill), and we’re in for more frigid weather this weekend. Earlier this week, before it dipped down quite so low, I took our dog, Cedar, for a walk in our new winter wonderland. That walk inspired this poem, and I thought the play on tree bark/dog’s bark would be a fun way to meet the second part of today’s prompt. Can you spot Cedar in the photo at the top of this page? 😉

I do appreciate living in a place where I’m fortunate to experience all four seasons, but when it gets this cold, it can be tough to enjoy. The kids would typically be outside sledding, building snowmen and forts and anything else they can think of, but we haven’t been outside today, and my husband has only mentioned his dreams of moving to Hawai’i five or six dozen times. It just keeps sounding better with each mention! Maybe my next post will feature an image from the beach…

22 thoughts on “Cold Radiance

  1. I like this one! I too consider relocation to a warmer climate when it gets like this (we are in a blizzard warning). Still I persist in this frozen place because the cold kills off the bugs unlike FL where they just keep getting bigger and bigger!!!

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    1. I am also not a fan of the bugs. We have a lot of invasive beetles up here that try to invade our house in the fall — not fun, but at least the cold will decrease their numbers each winter. Thanks for reading!


  2. I remind myself of how brief most extreme weather durations are, and just dwell on the things that I like about winter even when I can’t do them. It’s not winter’s fault that extremes happen, after all. I have a harder time excusing Summer for the extremely hot days above 80°F, and will NEVER – EVER – move far enough south that I am forced to endure triple digits for as long as I might endure temps below freezing here in northern IL.

    I’m with Muri on the killing/making dormant the bugs that make time on my patio more brief during summer, too.

    I found Cider’s butt! (snicker)

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    1. Yes, every time my husband suggests moving somewhere tropical (he’s from the Philippines originally), I think about how I would rather be cold for a few months than come across a spider as large as my hand 😁 Days like these it is tempting, though!

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  3. Lol I wouldn’t even have known Cedar was in that pic had you not told me. This is definitely a case of wanting what you can’t have, but I do wish I could get cold weather. Of course, logistics problems like warming up the car, shovelling the driveway, and frozen pipes will be a new problem, but I wish I could get something other than hot and humid weather all year round 😛

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    1. Yes, there’s definitely a whole new set of problems when we throw cold and snow into the mix! For instance, today, the weatherman isn’t advising any travel because the wind has blown the snow across the roads and if a car breaks down or gets stuck in this weather, you have about 15 minutes to get help before frostbite sets in. The cold can actually be quite dangerous 🥶 But I do like the variety. We get hot, somewhat humid summers, though they’re short. My favorite time is definitely autumn, when I know the weather can’t kill me and indoors and outdoors is the same pleasant temperature. ☺️

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