Don't be fooled by the sugared streets,
the icebox cold,
snow falling as from a baker's sifter.
The earth is an old oven
but reliable. Just this morning,
huddled under flannel and down,
the low rumble you mistook
for a snowplow
was the reigniting
of her slow preheat.
The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurred at 7:04am EST.