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a moment of beautiful – icicles

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the space: drip line of a house on a winter day

the beautiful: icicles


On the day after an increase in temperature, when the snow from the roof is melting, the front of our house, on the south side and in full sun, is always dripping and making icicles.

They glitter and sparkle, sculptural wonders of frozen water.




ice storm


for three days

freezing rain and willow

have hung uncertain magic

along the river


ice in layers

laid on the bones

of the tree tops, branches break

candy-coats crack in the sun


I refuse the sparkle

resist the awe


the bones will not recover



©  Jane Tims 2009

Written by jane tims

January 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

a moment of beautiful – tracks in the snow

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the space: new fallen snow

the beautiful: a Red Squirrel’s tracks


An expanse of new fallen snow is like an unwritten page.  When you find something written there, it is a message of beauty.

In our driveway, after the last snow, a Red Squirrel was the first to write on the ‘page’.  The prints were delicate, traced in blue shadows.


Our Red Squirrels are certainly not afraid of the snow.

digging for sunflower seeds

red squirrel with snow accumulating on his head



a love letter, unsigned


the meadow in winter

a sheet of paper


where the stream

flows under the ice


the sky

an envelope

lined in blue


tracks on the snow




pressed to the page




by melting

or a dusting

of new snow



Published as: ‘a love letter, unsigned’, 1999, Green’s Magazine XXVII (2): 44.

Copyright Jane Tims 1999

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