Even The Badgers Found It Strange

by Ben Pickard   Feb 5, 2018


The crunch of frost gave way beneath my feet
As the morning sun fought off the stubborn mist.
How odd! to see the pregnant fields and wheat
Transformed so soon and by this icy twist.

September had not yet dawned but that
Could not quite warm my breath or rosy cheeks -
The land about was still quite full and fat...
Did that not make this amble cruel and bleak?

I came, then, to the river's friendly bend,
Where at this time of year it trickles so.
But hark! the icy queen would even this suspend:
No current or no sound to prove the flow.

A 'tick' then came to me upon the still
And hurled me back to life from where I stood;
Almost noon and yet this casual chill
Did still abound throughout the open fields and woods.

And by and by, I made my way toward my house,
Accepting that and all I couldn't change;
For not a pheasant, badger, squirrel, hare or mouse
Could help but find this eerie morning cold and strange.

--

Ben Pickard

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  • 17 hours ago

    by Karen Montegrande

    one word... WOW! congratulations!!!

  • 1 week ago

    by Poetess

    I agree with Jane.

    Congrats, Ben!

  • 1 week ago

    by Sinners gospel

    Congrats Ben( the sonnet prince)

  • 1 week ago

    by Ren

    Congrats Ben! :)

  • 1 week ago

    by silvershoes

    I know this sounds totally unpoetic, but I can't help myself because it was my first thought upon finishing this poem: It's like Shakespeare and Frost had a baby, and that baby is this poem. Or maybe it's not *quite* like that because of course this poem, like all of your poems, has a distinct "Ben" feel to it. You've dissected the classics, learned from them, and shaped them into your own, producing your own timeless approach to poetry. You are immensely talented, friend. You breathe life into the bones of classic forms. We're fortunate to have your work on PnQ!

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Jane, that is the nicest and perhaps most undeserving comment (for a number of reasons) that I have ever received. Thank you.

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