January Thaw

All at once, a breather, a moment of respite
from the cold. Temperatures that, in summer,
would seem chilly feel so balmy to us now
that we go hatless and leave mittens behind.
It won’t last. The forecast says up to six inches
of snow are on their way. But today the sun
is shining and we remember the feel of spring.
The creek wears a layer of water over its ice.
And on its banks, even the trees are dancing.

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