9 January – Surprice

When I suggested a walk at the reservoirs, I just didn’t think
I was inadvertently luring my friends to a treacherous skating rink.
The water was lapping as normal, but oh my word, the paths
left me seriously concerned on absolutely everyone’s behalf.
Like so much in life and nature, it’s all about your expectations
because at other times, of course, we seek out skating sensations.
But none of us came prepared with any blades or hopes at all
and so we spent most of our walk simply trying not to fall.
Next time we’ll know when the tops look dazzling and splendidly, snowily white,
heading up to the reservoir paths is probably not very bright!