Saturday, February 19, 2011

islands of snow foam

islands of snow foam,
scalloped, peaked, pocked – pond ice pitted,
fissured, floating free

The snow has retreated into islands on shaded hills and in culverts. Some patches look like platters of whipped cream, covered with peaks and depressions. Others look like the mirror image of altocumulus clouds, puffy and scalloped. The ice on the pond is dull and grey, fractured and full of small holes with radiating cracks. Around the perimeter the ice has shrunk back from the banks, leaving a narrow rim of open water, so that the entire sheet of ice has become an ice floe. It looks like the map of an unexplored island, with lakes and streams and tributaries of rivers running down to the sea.

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