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Oh winter…! how do I love thee.

Let me count the ways —

When the cold slush of a rainy day turns to ice,

gritty with soot and dirt: how blasted lovely.

When the grimy snow melts, partially freezing to an outer shell,

with no warning now slick and cold: how damn exciting!

When the puddles that were once muddy mush now turn stiff

and the wind swells to a cold roar

ripping under coat flaps and prickling into mittens:

sweet effing challenge it is!

but finally… when the day softens to silence

and another snowfall descends

white and cool, for a brief moment crystalline and pure…

I lapse silent,

reluctantly accepting

the beauty.