White Winter Morning

November 16, 2012
By PaigeStreet PLATINUM, Juneau, Alaska
PaigeStreet PLATINUM, Juneau, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"Stay golden"
- Johnny (The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton)


Sapling-deep
in crusted freeze,
planted immoveable through
the weight of miles,
freezing miles,
I kneel, monolithic
and insignificant,
statuary on the edge
of the middle
of the creeping chaos of winter:
politics of bones and ice.

The snow becomes me,
complements me,
suggests that I sleep.
The gradated depth
of grey night-time clouds
throws around me
blankets of still warm
air, growing in temperature.
The heat is palming me,
tightening its grip
around my crisp bones,
a hell of comfort.
I could sleep now,
I could sleep...

And the trees,
ever-green,
emerge in morning light
with unconcern
in crystal robes,
and look over my
still
frozen
body.


The author's comments:
As an Alaskan, this is what I imagine some of the many yearly hypothermia cases might be like.

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on Nov. 23 2012 at 6:19 pm
PaigeStreet PLATINUM, Juneau, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"Stay golden"
- Johnny (The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton)

Thank you! I'm glad you like it :) 

on Nov. 22 2012 at 2:58 am
the_sparrow SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

So much to love about this poem. The powerful repetition, the beautiful descriptions, the way the rhythm picks up as you move through the stanzas...

But perhaps most of all, I love your contrast. You write of "sleeping" in the winter snow, yet you're confronted with evergreens--the representation of life in full and continual bloom. Your own "insignificance" is met with their "unconcern," becuase, well, life goes on. Even when you don't. Just beautiful :)


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