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January Doldrums

A January Haiku:

Winter isn’t through

But the snow looks melty, sad

Thirty-three degrees

I stepped onto the porch Saturday to get a load of firewood.  The sun was shining, making the snow sparkle and the icicles drip.  Birds sang, as if they thought it was April instead of January.  Much too soon, I thought about spring.

Spring is my very favorite season.  While I could do without the inevitable mud, I love to watch the flowers emerge from the soil and the leaves grow bigger on the trees.  I like to think about repotting my houseplants and checking my bushes for berries.

Still, I like winter more than I used to… when it’s cold and snowy.  I struggle when temperatures hang just above freezing, making life chilly and damp.  I much prefer five degrees and snow to thirty-five and rain.

This year, though, so much about winter makes me think of spring.  Three seed catalogs came in the mail last week, and a fourth arrived today.  Now that Christmas break is over, I remember that I have just two months until spring break.  And those warbling birds seem to be beckoning March to hurry.

We’re just a week into January, and I don’t want to be wishing for spring.  I want to enjoy the winter.  Will the rain go away and the snow return so that I can go snowshoeing again, watch my dogs romp outside, and let my eyes be dazzled with the diamonds that sparkle in the sun?

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About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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