Cold Winter to Shoes Yourself
Tankas about the cold of winter
Children in the cold of winter
The River (tanka)
Her secret to the river
Which had no sparkle
On that cold and bitter night
That she chose to say goodbye
Cold Winter (tanka)
Alone and broken hearted
In his cold winter
Taken by the dark dark clouds
As the whole world turns to gray
Winter Winds (tanka)
Under the cold winter winds
Which blew through their lives
Causing couple to scurry
To warm blankets of their love
Expressions of the cold winter flow through these tankas. Classic tankas are easy to write. They do not have to rhyme. The syllable of the five lines is all that matters. The syllable pattern is as follows: 5-7-5-7-7. The modern tanka is freer.
Let's go in a different direction from the tankas. Winters in San Francisco aren't that cold. Never the less, when Arlene and I became parents, winters would find us indoors. Peter, our son, was no problem, Both Arlene and I interacted and played with him. Robin came into our lives, The women in Arlene's family treated Robin different. Where Peter got toys, Robin got clothes. Clothes became her toys. As Robin grew, during the rest of the seasons we'd go out to play. In winter (or at nights), try as I might, I was a clumsy father, in a woman's world. Though Robin enjoyed my efforts, I felt uncomfortable. A toddler teaching her dad how to dress a doll. I was the cook of the house. Winter, for some reason, meant more cookies, cakes and pies. I was making cookies and who should bring me the milk that I needed? It was Robin. And so it began. The kitchen became our playground. Robin would grow up to be a chef. She was honored by Zagat, a restaurant reviewing service, as one of ten Up and Coming Chefs in San Francisco.
Sometimes we are blind to the obvious. Something dangles right in front of our face and we don't see it. It happens to everyone. It happens to world leaders. It happens to the common person. It can be something that we don't see or something that isn't really there but we can't or refuse to accept its nonexistence. It can be a total accident or it can be a well plan scheme. A scary example: we all have to have medical insurance or we will be penalized on our taxes. All of the sudden insurance goes up. When I was young, I could see all the girls who were after me. That time Arlene broke up with me, I could no longer see the girls. The media is constantly toying with us. What can we do? Stop. Take a deep breath. Remember, people are basically good. Remember, I am a victim too. If we find ourselves ahead every now and then, consider ourselves lucky. And with every step Enjoy.
Now, how about a winter song: John Rutter "Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind"
Now kids in winter
Children often claim they’re not cold, when they go out in the winter snow. The truth is that kids are at the same risk of heat loss and hypothermia as adults are, and maybe more. This is a common problem as the Holderness Family points out' The only difference is most families don't turn to an Eminem rap.
Seeing how well this works for the Holderness Family, we can cross this off our list. "Shoes Yourself | #EminemParody | The Holderness Family"
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In the depth of winter I finally learned
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