Minus twenty—blue

Mactavish Reservoir Montreal

Minus twenty—blue
Sky—sun brilliant—yellow
All light and no heat
From smokestacks steam billows—white
From the mouths of passersby


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4 thoughts on “Minus twenty—blue

  1. It reminds me of when I lived in Quebec. I hated waking up and seeing that blue sky that was so bright it was almost painful and knowing how cold it would be outside. I lived with a man who was always trying to same money on the heat and it was cold inside, too. He was cold as well. It took me years to get warm again.

    We could see a paper factory in the distance from our window and the clouds of steam that rose up from it night and day.

    • fojap, sorry to hear your Quebec experience was so unrewarding. Personally, I love the kind of cold winter day described in the poem. I love walking in the cold. Of course, it helps to have a warm, loving person by your side when you return home.

      • Yes, it certainly didn’t help that I was in a difficult marriage that I was trying to make work. When I moved there, I didn’t know anyone except my husband. Also, I didn’t live in Montreal. My last ditch effort to save the marriage was telling him wouldn’t leave if he would move to Montreal and go into therapy. He refused on both counts and a few months later I was gone. He had been abused as a child, so it’s all really complicated.

        Objectively, I know Quebec is not half as bleak as it is in my memory. It was one of the loneliest periods of my life and that colors everything.

        Your poem is very evocative. It describes a certain type of day exactly.

        I should add, this was before the internet was commonplace. That would have helped so much.

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