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A Man and His Dog Awaiting the Blizzard of 2019…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Existential Pets,Life & Death,My Own Personal Hell — Bob at 3:32 pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A Man and His Dog Awaiting the Blizzard of 2019  
by Robert M. Katzman © January 27, 2019

I went out to walk my tiny dog Max at 12:15 AM
And I saw the big snow storm moving in
I have been battening down the hatches
As the snowflakes are starting to fall harder


The long fitted cover to protect my old car 
Was flapping, blowing off in the wind
I weighed it down with logs from my fireplace supply
The pile of logs were frozen together
I found a stray one and beat on them 
And beat on them until they broke free

Moving quickly so the frozen air 
Won’t freeze my old face
I placed some logs on the old car’s roof
Some on the front hood
Some on the top of the trunk
All with the round part facing the wind
So they maybe won’t blow off
I have to protect my ancient Toyota

Still not enough to secure the tarp, 
I dragged the big garbage container 
Over to the side of the car
To box the tarp in, hoping the wind blows around it
I can hear the wind blowing loudly
I can see the snow swirling off of my garage roof
The big snowblower is in the garage 
And it will stay there

The snow will fall all night 
The wind will make of it what it will
Foolish futile gestures can be deadly
If the power fails, I have many fat candles
They will bring light and a little heat, too
Max and I will wait in our 1957 yellow brick house
All these words may be an old soul’s poetry 
But I am frightened nevertheless

Only a fool underestimates the strength of his enemy
The massive snow cloud is as wide as Iowa
Flowing as fast as the roaring wind takes it
It will freeze over the long Lake tomorrow
Leaving wreckage behind it in Wisconsin
Poor Michigan is next
Cars will smash, trees will topple
Semi-trailers will spin out and over 
On the hopeless defenseless  
Interstate Highways snaking into the black distance

Some day, one day in the future
Younger people will talk of this giant angry Blizzard of 2019
Like we older people still talk of the Blizzard of January 27, 1967
On this same day in January 52 years ago
A fierce legend of nature unleashed, awaiting birth
Max and I shiver, not from the cold
And together, now we must wait


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Comment by Donald Larson

January 25, 2020 @ 5:07 pm


Another great story.

I can understand and feel the cold as you describe. I grew up with that cold living in Chicago.

Most of the time I resented that cold of winter. Except when I didn’t allow it to defeat me when out in it.

This art image I created vindicated my time battling Chicago winter cold:

Comment by Brad Dechter

January 27, 2020 @ 6:50 am

Based on this poem, I can tell you I have seen a side of you I did not before- You are a cold man, Bob Katzman! (wink , wink.)
Liked it- good visualization for me.

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