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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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