Working night shift, you come out to your vehicle
and whatever nature has done during the night.
In colder weather, what’s done frequently includes
frost, snow, ice, or even the lovely snow over ice.
You get your door unlocked, get your motor running,
and wait a few minutes for your cold defrosters
to show a hint of warmth before you start scraping.
You help others, others help you, that’s how it’s done.
But on the morning of the season’s first hard freeze,
with a stiff wind thrusting cold air under your coat
while you’re scraping away the frost from your windows;
you suddenly realize “whimper weather” is here.