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Ice Storm – 17 January 2007

It’s hard to believe that on the 6th of January the temperature was 70 degrees F. in the shade here, and that I wore shorts outdoors.

At 7:30 this morning the thermometer on our sundeck registered a frigid 4 degrees F. and just a couple of days ago everything was covered with ice, and icicles hung from our wooden picnic table and benches outside our kitchen door.

While thinking about all this, here’s something I wrote this morning:

Ice Storm
By Mary T. Hoffman
(Written 17 January 2007)

An ice storm in the night
Reveals in morning light
A dazzling, wintry sight
Of frozen droplets bright

That cling to shrubs and trees
And glisten where they freeze –
A sight that’s sure to please
The one who looks and sees.

Still others will complain
About the freezing rain;
Indeed it is a bane
And something of a pain

For those who slip and slide
And wobble side to side
Or cannot get a ride –
Their patience can be tried!

But soon it will be past;
The thaw will come in fast.
The ice just cannot last.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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