Meltdown


A thaw following the sudden gust of wind

 Ice melting in a shower of warm rain

falling in unapologetic lumps with heavy clunks

 upon some pretty flowers of early spring

©Reena Prasad

A different winter


A different winter

Moving uphill, a wan sun trips over frozen avalanches
melting their fury into rivulets
warming the grazing sheep on the hillside

Bonfire nights spark tender moments
Old haunts revisited in the company of older friends
Smells of warmth baking in shared kitchens

Fledging bonds stir alive, dignity nourishes older ones
Leisurely late-night chats, giggles under warm covers
passing warmth from wrinkled cheeks to chubby ones

Keeping the cold gale at bay is yet another hopeful day
The ice may not melt any sooner, no reason to postpone living
Snow is merely a blanket covering the floral mats of spring

©Reena Prasad
Published in Brian Wrixon’s Winter Poetry anthology. LINK HERE