A free verse poetry, “Bitter-cold Baths.”
It’s amazing how life can be of extremes, on the one hand, some have it simple. On the other extreme, such as myself growing up, life was one challenge after another. My parents took everything in stride and made the best of it. In turn, I’ve learned to do the same, each and every challenge a learning lesson. Giving strength to my core of being. Sharing a free verse poetry and digital art piece of appreciation of life.
Cold, frigid water has no heart.
An old aluminum horse trough either.
Old man Winter laughed.
When he sneezed, flurries chased each other.
I, at seven, remember baths in aluminum.
Mother, pouring heated hot water.
My teeth made music.
Chatter. Chatter. Chatter.
The water went from cold to warm.
Then warm to cold within minutes.
I bathe quickly.
Jumping out-embraced by a scruffy towel.
I ran into the house—welcoming
a crackling fire in a fireplace.
A pot on the top of the old cook stove,
talked to my rumbling tummy.
I pulled an oversized shirt
over frozen sticks of hair.
And a pair of half frozen jeans over skinny legs.
I hate bitter-cold baths.
They made me whom I am today!
All those goose bumps I remember,
but the warm fire and hot soup would erase.
©Linda J. Wolff 2017
A free verse poetry
What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed. It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.
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