Cold Hard Truth

Snow Drifts

Snow Drifts (Photo credit: jamierytlewski)

(a shadorma)

secrets kept
under our hats and
buried deep
beneath the
surface stay hidden as long
as the cold remains

P. Wanken

Inspired by Margo Roby’s Tuesday Tryouts prompt to let an image direct my writing. Visit her site to read the whole lesson. I’ve attached a photo similar to the one I used as my prompt (which was copyright protected, so I could not include it here). I’ve also incorporated one of the theme expressions this week from “100 Days of Summer” on Facebook: “keep it under your hat”. I’ll post there for Day 27.


  1. Yep… elicited a vocal sound from me. The shadorma form really allows you to get in as many different ways of saying hidden as you can. Love the way you end the poem, leaving it up in the air as to whether or not the cold ever goes.


          1. a big city so I won’t ask if you know so & so as people due me when I say I live in Kansas City, Kansas …oh do you know my cousin so & so? jeez sure out of a a hundred thousand people I sure do! LOL My aunt years ago was the mayor of S.A. but way before your time I am sure. Have a beautiful blessed day! 🙂


  2. I really love that ending. How long can we hold onto the cold?

    Or in Spring, when we take off our hats–all the secrets come out? I’m kidding, it just hit me while I was writing this comment. 🙂 Though that could be another poem…


    1. Sara: It IS kind of like that in the Spring…things you left undone in the Fall before winter hits (like piles of leaves that were meant to be picked up…the garden that was meant to be tilled under…etc.) are all revealed when nature removes her hat in the Spring.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! 🙂



    1. Thanks, Hannah. Your “toads” prompt played into this a bit as well, as I had been pondering the arctic. 🙂

      Hope you’re doing well! Hugs & smiles back atcha!


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