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Darlene Moore Berg

About this Christian Poet:
I am first a Christian, second a wife and mother, third a physician by vocation and a poet then by avocation. I currently live in Missouri where I practice pediatrics and am a member of the "sandwich generation". I have had a love for the written word from the moment I learned how to read . As part of my education in the middle grades, I was required to memorize one poem a month. Writing poetry for me basically started in high school and has been off and on ever since. Submitting work and having work published has been mainly the last seven years. I have been privileged to have poems in the Christian poetry journals of Time of Singing and A New Song and also The Penwood Review and online in Dayspring. This poem, "Wind Chill," comes from the realization of the need for Christ in my life more and more as I am older. This world itself is not enough.

Wind Chill

All I wanted
was another layer of warmth
to stave off the chill—
the early January wind bites
through the brick walls
and the thermal underwear.

Goose down, silk turtlenecks
wool vest, cotton chemise
nothing warms me
winter enters into my soul
frost lines my brow

snow creeps up the bedroom sill
I scribe my name on the ice
liming the window
breath fogs, teeth chatter

a memory of camping
Sierra mountain elevation
shivering in a sleeping bag
wearing every stitch I own
a friend advises, take it all off
climb back in.

Perhaps, it comes to this
stripping down to bare nakedness
all the insulating layers
imagined in this world
and crawling nude into holiness
Finding warmth, love, forgiveness
in the raiment of God's Son
now, before February comes
and winter's done . . .

                   Copyright©2003 by Darlene Moore Berg