It once was so cold

It once was so cold,
The fronds bent like a brick,
The blades of grass went dull
And the thicket wasn't thick. 

It once was so cold,
The meadow lost the mead, 
The river lost the lead
And the hills didn't care. 

It once was so cold,
The drops of dew grew dry,
The sky lilac was lit
And the crags grew smooth. 

It once was so cold,
Blue and black got away, 
The lakes did not care 
And froze anyway. 

It once was so cold, 
Sheep and shears 
Were lost in one day
And the farmer didn't care. 

It once was so cold, 
Roads grew shorter,
Furrows grew furtive
And days grew thinner. 

It once was so cold, 
Steeples were not steep, 
The weathercock stopped crowing
And the crow didn't care.  

It once was so cold, 
The eaves started dropping, 
The frost grew weary
And the wear brought no tear. 

It once was so cold, 
Onions brought no tear,
Lines and lives grew strong
And lie and lye stopped burning.  
   

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