There's a couple good fires' worth ready on the deck
And a short stack covered up if we need more dry wood.
The truck's at the top of the hill, in as open a spot as we have on these acres.
The boxes of greens and garlic and onions are covered.
Warm blankets have been pulled from the closet.
The tub's full of "flush water"
There's a reminder to stay out of the basement freezer.
The masonry heater is ready to go
with enough kindling to get things started.
And should things start falling, we'll cut our way free.
The gas stove is set
and there are plenty of periodicals to catch up on.
Most importantly, the pantry is stocked.
Snow and ice in the South? Bring it on.