40 Below is 40 Below

Global warming comes in fits and starts
The thermometer 
still bangs away at the bottom sometimes

But everything is mostly easier these days
The Americans
have the taken the U out of fourty
and I take the I out whenever I can

Go down to Texas where 
if bullshit was white they’d be able to ski
and tell tall tales of my youth that are truth

Of breaking ice for cattle at 50 below
of shaving a beard too early one year
and beard-shaped frozen blisters rising

They listen and smile
and welcome me in like some long lost kin

40º below zero is where the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales meet.

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