Ode to Frosty Mornings – Day 15

GloPoWriMo 2019

Prompt Day 15: write a monologue – please note this is the Southern Hemisphere and April for us is Autumn

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Ode to Frosty Mornings      

 

O frost, must you come knocking on my door

so early in the year. I have memories of you,

every year, time and again; walking barefoot

to school. When from the hedge (a prickly

hedge) the plaintive cry of a kitten. She was

too young to have known any days of a warm

summer, but warmth for a  kitten is always

what she seeks.

 

‘Why kitten,’ I called, ‘has your mother not

come back for you? Has she been struck by

a vehicle as she crossed the road taking

another of her infants to safety? I can’t go

looking for her when your cries ring in my

ear.’

 

So I jump the ditch slipping back more than once

but I reach in – and there you are. Remember how

I made you safe, then: and only then, continued

on my way to school arriving oh so late. Kitten

be thankful you are not a human child who in

such times and circumstances having an explanation

as did not satisfy this hard spinster teacher. Sometimes,

I had been her pet; but not today. O frost, I hope you

are listening. I blamed you. I thought our teacher was so very

crotchety that morning because of you and your early chill.

I remember too that I’d had no warm coat and how when

sitting in front of the stove I’d rather have had your

sweet kitty-kat fur for warmth.

 

Teacher spanked my half-curled fingers and then set me down

in front of the school stove to thaw. Such thawing frost

is cruel – double trouble upon that cold day’s spanking.

 

‘Little kitten, I don’t recall the end of that day or even

if I ever saw you again.’

 

‘Hey frost, I think it is to you I chasten this story every April.

And you go on proving it makes no difference. But if there

is a kitten in need of rescue I could not continue on my way

without a hard word in your ear, be it spring, summer

or early autumn.

 

Frost are you listening; my bones ache today?’

 

Benita Kape 16.4.2019

 

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