avoiding the axe

with the dial on 35 degrees

it is difficult to think

of ordering the winter wood

to be split


when the dial hits 2 or thereabouts

even harder to contemplate

the swing of the axe

make it thud



cleaving round logs

into quarters to fit the fire

come December

a start must be made

for these too to sit in the sun

drying out


temporary homes for



& the wasps to take their nibbled share

create their paper drays

ice rattles now in my tall glass

as winter ice will shatter my bones then

for now the sun warms me

creates these lazy days

hazy in the shade

under the high trees

also avoiding the axe


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