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Below is the poem entitled THAW AT CROWSNEST PASS which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Huge mountains massed and  cliffs  sheer.  It’s  March
And endless  blue  sky  cold is held back by the Chinook arch,
Snowy prairies rolling into their  thousand-mile realm  -  
The landscape  is gigantic, majestic, orchestrated to overwhelm.

But I stand and watch the lake-ice thaw,
Surprised by the tiny delicate music  -
Descant  ice -  jingling,  jangling,  tinkling
In delicate accompaniment  to the giant symphony.                                       
Ice chunks tangled in slow waves with the wind
Tiny  tintinnabulation before total ablation.
There is silence  and  harmony  around the sound,
The small melody of the ice breaking  into spring’s  chorus.

Note:   Crowsnest Pass is the southernmost way through the Rocky Mountains in Canada

Copyright © Sidney Beck

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  1. Date: 5/11/2011 1:18:00 PM
    You have taken me if I am sailing over the Rockies, to the sound of a classical symphony,....I can almost feel the chill of the snow covered peaks! Lovely poem, Syd!

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 8:58:00 PM
    Very nicely done, Sydney. Great descriptive words. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 5/2/2011 12:03:00 PM
    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 5/2/2011 4:00:00 AM
    Congratulations Syd on your win in Jimmy's contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/1/2011 5:04:00 PM
    wow Syd I could hear it! Gotta love that word "tintinnabulation" and your melodic use of alliteration with it! Congrad's on your big win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/1/2011 4:23:00 PM
    Ohhhhh, onomatopoeia! As a reader, I am hearing the orchestra of breaking ice as it thaws! Horray for this awesome spring piece. A favorite! I am sending it to my art/music professor who will adore this write the same! High five, Sydney! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 11:50:00 AM
    How beautiful! You make it sound magical.

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 10:50:00 AM
    enjoyed reading your work.... sounds cold