9 February – Cold cure

Take one steaming cup of tea
and some ornithology
to brighten up your February
with fresh feathered therapy.

Sit by the window’s bright daylight,
cocooned from the cold winds’ bite,
look for each cheering sight
of garden birds as they alight.

Count how many types you see
visiting the viburnum tree –
let your heartbeat skip with glee
as you watch and wait and be.

Then despite the bleak, short days,
you will find your outward gaze
medicates any malaise
until you’re chirpily amazed.

This is the cure for Winter cold,
a remedy known from days of old.
I hope by now, you’re feeling sold,
ready to relax, and do what you’re told!