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snow hollow at the base of a tree

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Words are the tools of a writer’s craft.  I literally wallow in words when I write a poem.  Sometimes the right word comes immediately to mind.  Sometimes I have to search for it, sometimes for days or weeks.  When I do the final edits for a poem, I ‘press’ on every word, to make sure it is absolutely right.

Sometimes, I encounter an idea or image that seems to have no word.  For example, I have searched for a word referring to the charming hollow that builds next to the base of a tree when the snow falls.  Sometimes small animals use this hollow for a temporary den.  Sometimes it’s a place where debris gathers, as it does in the corners of alleyways.  Sometimes it is a calm, beckoning place where snow shadows rest in shades of olive green and blue.    

I wonder if there is a name for these elusive places, perhaps in another language.

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snow hollow

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snow shuns the tree

manifest in the hollow

the empty gather of wind

at the base of the fir

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where snow-shoe hares find

shelter or dry leaves skipping

across a crust of snow

assemble and rest

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inside curve to fit

the spine of an animal

the heart of a man

curled against the cold

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a place where shadows meet

select blue from the prism of all

indigo to illustrate the space

of no snow, no warmth, no light

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©  Jane Tims  2011

 

Written by jane tims

December 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

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