Ode to Cold

As temps plunge to single digits
    Winter makes extremities
And other fragile body widgets
    Subject to calamities

Muscles weaken, joints grow rigid
    Cheeks turn scarlet, toenails blue
Feet are frosty, fingers frigid
    Hands take on a zombie hue

Stalactite ice hangs from mustaches
    When after a chilly ride
Snowy fronds extend eyelashes –
    Now it's time to go inside!

^z - 2021-02-09