The cold today

Was like red-penned grammar corrections

On a heartfelt poem.

After a long stretch

Of unusually temperate weather,

Stepping abruptly into it,

I gasped then held my breath

As I was afraid

To take the cold inside my lungs.

Bluish air rushed into

The gaps between my gloves and jacket sleeves.

Even indoors, I kept my heavy coat on at length.

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