O’ winter, O ’cold, what did you do?
Morphed me into a creature of species new,
You triggered in me reflexes unseen,
Unknown in humans, but in animals seen.
A cold draft blows, through my body lean,
Sending down shivers, passing like current unseen,
Incessantly I chatter like my monkey friend,
Fighting the cold, my teeth, prattle defend.
Dressed in mink and fur coats large,
Under down jackets, XL enlarge,
Bloated and bulky, I waddle through snow,
Trudging around like the wobbly penguins slow.
I laze whole day like my furry friends,
Purr and meow, too cold to stretch and bend,
Hover around the warm kitchen stove,
Like my kitty, I too curl inside my cove.
With layers of snow, blocking my door,
I too hibernate, feasting galore,
Like the friendly squirrel I eat and sleep,
Snugged in my den, I pass the winter deep.
O’ winter force, so brute and strong,
Succumb allegiance, to kingdom Animalia I belong,
Bare uncover my mammalian traits,
Showing animal instincts, embedded innate.
Photo By: Derek Oyen