different from the words we had

there was a language

they used

different from the words we had

of sheets & blankets

ice on the inside of windows

jack frost they said

wooden clogs on feet

steel toes metal on heels

that sparked in fights

one set of clothes for school

or going to work

one for Sunday church

a coat for winter

jumpers pullovers cardigans

all these words scattered now

like sheep on a hillside

washed in spring sheets blankets

winter clothes

to be put away in cedar chests

until autumn came

a world now gone

those words we listened to

understood not a one

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