ON BEING OLD IN WINTER
We’re a little past the middle now
of the stricken knee of winter, stiff,
but still operative to shift about
in the cold sunlight—but let us sit—
if we begin now, the crossword will be done
by dusk, when the punctual deer come
for the last seeds in the birdfeeders. Meanwhile
we are pleased that the drip-drip retreat
of the icicles up the eaves has begun,
and that the tic-toc of the tall clock in the hall
measures the time to another spring
we hope to see, faithfully,
by seconds and by millimeters.
Myron Ernst has had poems published in a variety of journals, including Chicago Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hollins Critic, Hopkins Review, South Carolina Review, Tar River Poetry, Texas Review, and West Branch.