Cold Night


Pearl Not Too Bothered By It

Cold Night – Waiting for the Furnace Guy –

I sit in a house
with hat, long-underwear, two
sweaters, coat, and non-
working furnace. Outside – several
inches (and miles)
of snow.
I find it almost helpful to bare
swathes of flesh
to the fire. You, between logs,
work on the crossword. Then the furnace guy
gets stuck and it feels suddenly
super cold.


55 frosty (and belated) words for the G-Man. And here’s one more. Brrr…..

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13 Comments on “Cold Night”

  1. Deborah Says:

    hilarious and been there! Im on a respirator so, when there’s a power outage, 6 times a yr We’re either shoving blankets on, or tearing them off when summer~ thank goodness for AC guys or furnace guys. Wonderful poem!

  2. Mary Says:

    A great capture of a predicament. And I understand super cold, as now the situation will continue even longer ….. No longer a tidy ending point.

  3. claudia Says:

    i’m shivering just by reading this…one year, the kids were still small, our heating stopped working – and it was really cold – we put on the baking compartment of the stove (no idea how the proper name is) and left it open to at least get the kitchen warm…ugh

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Hi Claudia – first loved your experimental poem. Second, that part of the stove is the oven. I’ve done that too. I had an apartment once – very rickety place – where we would turn on and open ovens all the time. It was so cold there that the water in the toilet froze once! And the “heat” was on. k.

  4. brian miller Says:

    oh my…that sounds cold….its been ice all night and just turned to snow here….would not mind an open flame, used it a lot when we used to have it….snuggle in…

  5. Time is always longer and colder while waiting for something. Great immediacy in this one–and Pearl looks very snug indeed. We had a very-cold-for-here night at 14 degrees, ourselves yesterday, and I’ve been enjoying our fireplace, even *with* a functioning furnace. Hope warmth finds you soon,k. I’m ready for spring, personally.

  6. janehewey Says:

    Pearl looking not too worried about much under those blankets. we humans have a distinct need to solve problems, ie get the furnace fixed. Anxious feelings are almost certain to make us colder. Or I suppose hotter, if the opposite is the case. I enjoy your slice of time and space depicted here with the snow’s inches and miles, and with the crossword work being done between logs.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks – it was crazy as we’d both already had an extremely long day – the furnace guy ended up getting stuck in the snow and my husband shoveling. It was 18 degrees and 3 before asleep! But an adventure certainly. Pearl somehow missed it! k.

  7. cloudfactor5 Says:

    I really hate it when that happens!! Hope everything worked out and you are now warm!

  8. G-Man Says:

    What a noble effort you have put forth in lieu of your very busy and hectic day. You have been such a friend and loyal stallwart over the past year that words can’t express how much I appreciate your fantastic contributions.
    LOVED your chilling 55 my friend.
    Thanks for playing, thanks for being so cool(Hehehe), and have a Kick Ass New Year…..G

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