A Middle-Aged Southern Couple Reacts to Ice

A dizain by Mary K. Gowdy

When the sweltering South was struck with cold
And Dad dripped the pipes, the dangers of ice
Made us realize that my parents are old.
“Take your iPhone with you” my mom advised
So she’d know to save him before he dies,
Sprawled on the driveway like any well-bred
Southern man over fifty. Bundled head
To toe, Dad waddled out to Hell’s ninth ring
While Mom watched out for any frozen threat,
And I observed what affection time brings.




Originally published in the November 2017 issue of Better Than Starbucks. Here’s the link.