poetry and prose about place

a moment of beautiful – ice in the ditch

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the space: a ditch along the road

the beautiful: a skim of new ice


When nights are icy cold after a day of spring warmth, water freezes in the ditches.  Ephemeral, this skim of new ice will be gone as soon as the morning sun overtops the trees.

The ice is frail, but if you are careful, you can lift a pane of this natural glass and see the world through a different window.



ditch ice


on the last sub-zero night in March

we forge swords and slivers

cast a lens, a barrier to warm


below ditch ice are sinuous

arrangements of water and breath

nostrils grope for airways

peer through frozen skim

as though through windows

learn the underside of pane



© Jane Tims 2012

Written by jane tims

April 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

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  1. Wonderful imagery in your poem, Jane. The ice is very beautiful with its “swords and slivers.”



    April 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • Hi Robin. Thanks. I appreciate your comment. The cold weather and its patches of ice seem to have gone. I am finally seeing wildflowers here… patches of Coltsfoot yesterday! Jane


      jane tims

      April 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

  2. I love your take on ice here, really wonderful how art/images can inspire.



    April 8, 2012 at 5:45 am

    • Hi. Where do words come from? The form of the ice suggested the swords and window glass. The window pane idea comes from years of lifting ice to see through. Lots of fun to put all the ideas together. Jane


      jane tims

      April 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

  3. Great eye Jane. And the poem is excellent as always. I like the use of words in this one.



    April 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    • Hi. I rewrote the last word several times… pane or pain… Thanks for your support. Jane


      jane tims

      April 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

  4. I loved the poem, such nice imagery in your words, duplicated in the photo!



    April 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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