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Frozen-A collaboration with Shane Cooper

The frozen sap of mirthless trees,
The fractured flow of icy streams.

The howling wind that claws at life, 
The forest shrouded in endless white.

Skeletal ice hangs from warm lit homes,
....brittle fingers, glacial bones!

Gibbous moon with light unclean, 
Casting shadows barely seen.

Wide tongues of sleet lick hands and feet, 
Frost etched people on lacquered streets.

Witches Sabbat the darkest rite,
All doors are barred on Halloween night!

Children sleeping, tucked tight in bed,
While witches brooms fly overhead.

Cock’s crow sounds in the dark of night,
Putting the cabal to frenzied flight!

The children waken then start to yawn,
Their smiling faces greet the new dawn.

Copyright © Michelle Mac Donald | Year Posted 2016


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Date: 7/4/2022 12:26:00 AM

Perfect. A piece I wish I had written.
Date: 11/1/2018 4:39:00 AM

Enjoyable playing with words, dreams and wishful thinking. What is also amazing beyond your talent and known beauty is your stop at my poor attempts, because you are a professional poet and has much experience in the field. The wonder is your visit third times. Well, I like traveling. This summer holiday I was left in a wonderful trip, the rest of the time I am busy enough, but now and then write a few words that spontaneously put together are not verses, but possible reveries to an other trip.
Date: 6/29/2017 3:32:00 AM

Little tree, I take your frozen white branches in my hands and we will wait together the summer beyond the seasons, beyond the clouds where sun smiles. I will lent my sun glasses to sun so that his hot breath and blinding light not to touch you. I will touch the mirthless trees and fractured flow of icy streams with my childish , tender, clumsy gesture to wake up to life beginning with your smile in this morning dew.
Date: 6/19/2017 3:44:00 PM

Don't you just love a good collaboration! Well done to both poets! Enjoyed
Date: 6/13/2017 7:16:00 AM

This is a great collaboration Mikki. Enjoyed every line :)
Date: 5/27/2017 11:00:00 AM

Very cool collab poem, Michelle. Hats off to Shane too. I loved the Gothic vibe to this sweet poetry piece. Well written and superb imagery. Love always.
Date: 12/4/2016 7:46:00 AM

With much admiration as always, today I rested with my nose flattened by looking through your magic window with white icy-flowers.
Date: 11/15/2016 11:10:00 AM

Hello Mikki!! I'm really glad that I caught this collaborated couplet write by you and Shane Cooper. What a real treat to read -- for sure. I've written my fair share couplets and heroic couplets, but this one is an insightful and exciting write for sure. The words, the pitch, and the tenor of this write are "Muy Excellente"!! SEVEN/FAV!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 11/3/2016 1:18:00 PM

Autumn must be very cold where you live, Michelle. You and Shane write well together and I could not figure out who wrote which verses. You have created some fine images of the cold weather, and especially vivid is that witch flying over children's home. Awesome!
Date: 10/26/2016 11:17:00 AM

"Gibbous moon with light unclean...Casting shadows barely seen" I like this image for a Halloween night. And then the children sleeping neath all the spookiness. Love, daver
Date: 10/20/2016 2:16:00 PM

As I touch and see ”The frozen sap of mirthless trees,/The fractured flow of icy streams”...a feeling of kind of solitude and hope flows along of your verses, but not frozen is your soul ready to greet the new dawns of poetry.Best regards.
Date: 10/14/2016 8:08:00 PM

Hello there Mikki, Thank you so much for letting me walk down the yellow brick road a little way with you my friend. The world looks so much better "with tangerine trees and marmalade skies" !!!! :-)
Date: 10/13/2016 11:24:00 AM

Shane Cooper is one of my favorite poets. I love the 3rd couplet set. The imagery and flow are perfect no wonder why Jan&Tim gave the lovely collaboration two thumbs up. Make it three... a fav... Linda
Date: 10/13/2016 8:33:00 AM

The imagery is fabulous Michelle and Shane - a wonderful collaboration:-) so glad to see you back on the site with Shane:-) a fave:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 10/13/2016 8:15:00 AM

This is terrific Michelle and Shane...the flow was spot on...really loved it...a fav