Monday, February 7, 2011

Lady Franklin Bay



By the time I got there, the snow had died.

I blamed the sky.

She changes and all follows, helplessly.

The sun and moon both try to stay with her--

Both fail and fall.

I wrapped the still, white body of the snow around my heart,

Not to warm it--

But to make it colder yet.

I tried to stay with the snow,

Out of pity

Out of sisterhood

But I loved the sky too much.

See there?

Next to the sun, around the moon?

That is the ring of foolishness my devotion made.

That is my heading, where I am stopped and splintered--

An idiot made mad by Heaven's untouchable constancy.

_______

photo by Metin Demiralay

15 comments:

ellen abbott said...

~shiver~

hedgewitch said...

"...Not to warm it, but to make it colder yet.." then to fragment and refract the light...blue ice images for the heart of winter.

Mama Zen said...

"The ring of foolishness my devotion made."

That's gorgeous.

Daryl said...

Not to warm it--

But to make it colder yet.


Really feel this today ...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Not only is this one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read, it is one of the most amazing CONCEPTS. How do you do it? You are an amazement! I love wrapping your heart in the snow, loving the sky too much. I love every word of it. Your last line is perfection. Wowzers! This makes my day! Just brilliant.

Lynn said...

Excellent. And I like the tag you gave it - travel stories for girls.

Neva Flores said...

absolutely beautiful!

Lisa said...

yes, this is so beautiful. i love it in it's entirety, and the first two lines I felt thunk in my chest.

perfect!

xx

Brian Miller said...

so eloquent shay...though i think boys have those stories too...smiles.

jen revved said...

Beautiful, lyrical, fabulous.... love this:

That is the ring of foolishness my devotion made.

That is my heading, where I am stopped and splintered--

An idiot made mad by Heaven's untouchable constancy.

Caty said...

"I wrapped the still, white body of the snow around my heart,

Not to warm it--

But to make it colder yet."

-LOVE those lines! I think I have a ring of foolishness myself somewhere...

mac said...

I don't believe you.
I know your heart will melt the snow. And, it's as big as the sky too :-)

Ami Mattison said...

So gorgeous, Shay! Beautiful, lyrical madness!

Tabitha Bird said...

cold.. but shiver worthy. Words to string but winter's light. Loved it.

Shadow said...

i've never heard 'going with the flow' so beautifully expressed...