Inclement Weather Front

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This week, it’s been unseasonably cold.

In the mornings, the water is frozen,
the washing machine fails to function
and the flat doesn’t heat up.

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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Departure

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To take the edge off,
I turn on the heat
and plant candles throughout the house.

The world recedes…
Behind veiled windows,
it becomes night.

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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Romantic notions

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In summer my hair has
only one style: back.
And if it weren’t for winter,
I’d chop it off entirely.

That, twinned with the fact that
every time I mention it
my boyfriend pulls a face,
strong enough to put me off.

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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Dilemma

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At 40 degrees,
the temperature is oppressive.

Standing in the pool,
lengths requiring more
than I can willingly recall,

I wonder whether I ought to
sink or swim?

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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