When Winter Comes to the South

When winter comes to the Southkatie-bundled-up

and the winds bristle your neck hair

as the cold of 50 degrees creeps up,

snatching you into misery with an icy grip,

when the sea becomes slightly uncomfortable,

but still swimmable.

When we conjure imagined icesicles

and every day bound to the window

to search for even a flake of snow

that might make our environ uninhabitable

our roads non-negotiable

and our homes warm bunkers against the coming blizzard.


About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on November 25, 2013, in Charleston, Poems, Poetry, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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