The weatherman said these words and she
a sound like a carousel to my ears

How would he know? We asked, using the same words -
at the same time


Which happens much more than it should
if life were normal
which it is not.

We both wonder just how cold
-5 below wind chill would feel on bare arms
bare backs or fronts.

Wanna try?

She offers, opening the nearest window
letting in ice needles

As she stands there in the breeze
I tug on her sweater
halfway up- high enough to make her squeal
High enough to make her close the window

Doubled over - she yells
mock agony

You froze my bellybutton!

Frostbite did not set in
Which is normal
I gave her navel CPR;
which is not.