shell-shocked cold

Shell-shocked by cold.
Dazed, stunned by cold in the morning:
13 below zero in the sun.
In the car, strange lights flash on the dashboard in protest
and stay lit until it warms up.
Too early to put on the pride and bluster that gets us through the winter:
“This is nothing! You should have seen what it used to be like – blizzards, snow over your head, pipes frozen, no power, no heat. Now that was winter.”


Today I am fasting from the computer and TV.
Just like fasting from food,
I notice my head seems clearer
and there is a lot more time in the day.