Cryophilia A preference for cold temperatures. --The American Heritage Medical Dictionary I love the winter: cold weather and snow. When autumn wanes, I never whine or cry. The earth is best when winter breezes blow, drifts catch the streetlights so that sparkles flow innumerably, like stars up in the sky. I love the winter: cold weather and snow. Here in the northern climates, where we know that sometimes for five months the flakes will fly and earth will rest as winter breezes blow, we can rejoice, appreciate the flow and flux of seasons. No need to decry the winter months, the cold weather and snow, the quiet, earth’s bridal veil, chiaroscuro of sky and ground; extended night, short day. The earth is best when winter breezes blow, when sun shines pale, ponds freeze, a vast tableau of ice, hard earth—the season when I say, “I love the winter: cold weather and snow. The earth is best when winter breezes blow.”
David W. Landrum’s poetry has appeared journals and magazines in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, and in English-language journals in India, Singapore, Nepal, and Hong Kong. His book of poems, Tawney Grammar, is available through Barefoot Muse Press.