What I Won't See This Year

Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2005 05:02 am
What I Won't See This Year

I won't see snow on birch wood this year.
White rising from white,
leafless, black- spotted spindles
standing solemnly in rows
against a sky flat and gray as solder.

I won't see the children those late afternoons,
blades attached to feet that can fly,
chasing the fleeing sun over ice
that unspools like ribbon beneath them-
lustrous , unending, forever.

I won't see the hazy headlights of cars
floating silently homeward at twilight,
soft rays wending in and out of the trees-
beacons reflected on frozen air
rounding the silvered lake.

And I won't see the opposite shore
disappearing into blackness-or that particular view
of stars night will fling into the northern sky.
They'll be burning like distant fires-
too far away for warmth.

But when I close my eyes, I'll have gone there-
riding a long, white wave of memory.
My feet will have glided to that far shore
to stand beneath that piece of sky,
Sleeps's winter dream of peace.
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2005 10:03 am
u have a deep soul. is that how u feel?
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2005 10:49 am
I feel really happy and content today. How do you feel?
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Reply Wed 21 Dec, 2005 10:18 am
i feel really good. but im very sleeply Laughing
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2005 10:34 am
aidan -

I've been thinking about your poem for a couple of days now.
I don't really understand it, but it is beautifully expressed.
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 07:11 pm
Thanks Carlotta - It's about Maine. Since I moved away, this is the first year I have not had the opportunity to visit at all. It's about a spot in Maine called Sebec Lake that I particularly love and will particularly miss - especially on late winter afternoons. It's about the fact that my memories of it are still inside of me and bring me a particular kind of peace. (Hope you had a Merry Christmas, by the way).

*and though there are lots of beautiful things to see here, no snow and no birch trees - two of my favorite things - oh well...can't have everything.
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Reply Tue 27 Dec, 2005 12:12 pm
I understand the poem better now.
I miss my mountains, too, when I go away.
I always come back home again.

I had a good, but hectic, Christmas. I hope yours was fine as well.

Happy New Year -
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