Have You Ever Felt The Cold?

Writing 201 Day 9: Cold, Concrete Poetry, Epistrophe/Anaphora

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Have you ever  slurped an icy
cold
snow cone on a scorching summer
afternoon?  Have you ever  had a brain freeze
ice cream
headache, scrunched up your eyes
because
it hurts so bad, and then it’s gone
so fastHave you ever  licked that frozen thing
you weren’t supposed to touch and your tongue
got stuck and your mom got really mad?  I did.
Have you ever  forgotten your snow 
gloves and
hat
on a freezing day and your fingers are numb,
especially your pinky, and the very
tip of your
nose, too?  Have you ever  heard of the
coldest place on earth where people live in a
climate so frigid and the
cold is so raw that their
saliva freezes?  I have.  Have you ever  hiked all
day in the dusty blazing sun, came back to your
camp, had an ice cold beer, shed all that
dirty 
gear and jumped into the blessed
coolness of the late
afternoon
river? 

Have you ever
           felt the cold?

.

*Oymyakon, Russia – average winter temps minus 50 C ( minus 58 F).

 

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