Escaping Winter

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Looks can be deceiving

That crisp, white blanket of snow

covers shards of ice beneath

piercing hearts of the most seasoned New Englanders

With each beautiful flake that falls

a collective groan rises

No more, no more

Subzero temperatures steal our breath

as we step out into the frozen tundra

that has replaced the world we knew

Being of hearty stock

we trudge on

Daydreaming about sandy beaches

and colorful landscapes along Duval Street

When yet another storm rolls in

we pull on our well-worn boots and warm winter coats

Cursing the bitterness of this long season

we reserve the short flight

to the paradise

that is Key West

if only in our snow-fatigued minds

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