Post-weekend Poetry 002: ‘The Chill Turned Warm’ by Bonnie Gail Carter

Welcome to the new Post-weekend Poetry and the second poem in this new weekly series. This week’s piece is entitled ‘The Chill Turned Warm’ by Bonnie Gail Carter, taken from her collection ‘That’s Life Poetry’.

The Chill Turned Warm

Place your hate in the pantry on the shelf.
Label it “memories of years gone by” and store it.
Remove the wine saved by time.
Dust the bottle until it looks new.
The color is brighter and the taste was worth the wait.
The bitter was replaced with a taste to savor.
On the shelf you will find the love stored all this time.
Label the empty space “filled with happiness.”
Close the door.
The chill turned warm.

I asked Bonnie what prompted this piece and she said…

I was about 26 years old when I wrote ‘The Chill Turned Warm’. When I wrote it I was letting go of my anger towards my parents for not raising me. I’d lived in a Catholic orphanage, with relatives, and in foster homes.

My poetry is about my life experiences. Writing poetry is like therapy to me.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

And you, thank you Bonnie. It’s been lovely being able to post some of your poetry here.

‘That’s Life Poetry’ by Bonnie Gail Carter is available at You can read reviews of her ebook at where there are also samples of some of her other poetry.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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