A Winter’s Psalm

Frigid winter is my torment; I shall not want.

    I lie wrapped in a cocoon of a comforter’s warmth,

a sleeping cat lays still beside me.

    Frigid gnaws at my shivering soul.

He lures me outside in evil deceit

    for a frozen winter’s sake.

I trudge through drifts of plow’s leavings,

    and fear the ice underneath,

for there is no one with me

    to right a body when it falls.

    Frigid cannot comfort me where I lie.

Winter prepares arrival in months of color,

    as the enemy of light and warmth.

It annoints my breath with an air of frost,

    and fills a cup with inky black tea.

Surely new spring and warmth will follow

    In the forty-eight coming days,

and I shall dwell in the house of new beginnings,

    until bitter December is again my fate.

This is the alternate universe and “Wisconsin winter” version of Psalm 23. My apologies if any Christian friends are offended, but January especially felt like walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.” It was that cold during the month. When it’s 10F (-12C) with a 20 mph wind, I don’t go for walks and I prefer to enjoy the beauty of a snow-filled outside from the heated inside. Yet, it tends to invoke a case of cabin fever and dry, itchy skin. Know what I mean?

If you prefer the righted version of Psalm 23, you can check out a post I wrote in September, 2019, after a bicycle trip to Minnesota. Click HERE.

Have a warm and wonderful Monday!

21 responses to A Winter’s Psalm

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I like this version, Mary. I find no offense. You have beautifully adapted this lovely psalm to the cold reality of life In Wisconsin. January was very cold here, and February has started out with low lows, but some warm days. Hang on to that comforter, and have a good week.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m hanging on, Dan! Our temps this week are supposed to be warmer, so perhaps I’ll get out for a few walks in the neighborhood. Fresh air always makes me feel better. Have a most excellent Monday!

  2. murisopsis says:

    We are currently at a balmy 27F! I can however relate to this psalm. We’ve been in double negative digits before and I’m guessing we will be again before February is over. I find January to be just the run up to Feb-brute-ary. I hope you stay warm and avoid the ice (which with the recent “thaw” is lurking under a thin layer of snow here)!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol – Feb-brute-ary! It’s exactly what it is! Sadly, I had an ice incident on Friday when I was out for a walk. It was lurking and when my feet came in contact, they left me and I landed flat on my back. I’m okay, but have had a few days of waning soreness and now own a pair of Yaktrax.

  3. KL Caley says:

    Great post, very evocative, I think we all felt like we were there with you through the chill. Thankfully it’s not too often we get extreme weather like that here in the UK.
    KL ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you! Moderate winters are much more tolerable to get through. Back in 2014, we had an awful polar vortex winter…one in which I was praying for a high of 20F (-7C) because we were constantly in frigid temps. Never do I want to experience that again!

  4. quiall says:

    “I shall dwell in the house of new beginnings”. This is brilliant! It is so perfect for the season. I too love the look of winter from the inside out. Wrapped around a hot cup of tea, nestled beside a roaring fire. Perfect.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you so much, Pam. Spring is always a new beginning. I can’t wait to smell earth and grass again. Until then, I’ll join you with a hot liquid and warm socks.

  5. Ally Bean says:

    “He lures me outside in evil deceit”

    So true, but someone has to walk down to the street to gather the garbage toters and bring them back to the house. I worry about deceitful black ice every Monday in the winter.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh, be careful Ally. I have a connected garage to my apartment, so I don’t have to tote anything, but it’s still dangerous if I want to walk the neighborhood. Black ice is the worst!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you, Damyanti! We have many weeks to go for summer, but with March comes the promise of spring and a change in the weather. Or so we hope!

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