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In the Dead of Winter

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In the Dead of Winter

In the dead of winter,  
as the melted snow turns 
to ice, it is so cold
the rocks have teeth
and the logs perched 
above the river dangle 
long locks of icicle hair
in front of their faces
like teenagers hiding 
their eyes from the world. 

As the Earth’s numb breath 
passes over, even the canal 
covers itself with a single 
opaque sheet etched 
with crystal veins and 
ripples frozen in place 
that catch and distort 
the reflections of the trees 
in the faded light like 
an old leaded window.

Nothing escapes its bite. 
It blows its bitterness across 
the wide water and chomps 
at the edges of the icy shore, 
shattering it into thousands 
of glistening shards 
that rhythmically clink 
together like chandeliers 
swaying in an empty room 
with open windows. 

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  1. Date: 2/16/2010 10:29:00 AM
    Very descriptive and beautiful. Thank you for your comment on my "Playing the Game". I was so proud of my son for his empathy. I have remembered his words forgotten the game. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 12:19:00 AM
    Its been like this in England as well .Nice poetry Krista.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 5:43:00 PM
    So beautiful, but it gives me the if I need to go and close those windows! :) Lovely writing, Krista! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 3:19:00 PM
    A breathtaking vision of the winter landscape is created in your poem, Krista. Awesome! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 1:29:00 PM
    wow... in my mind you have put the very image of winter! keep up the wonderful imagery! ------Ell