some thoughts on early winter

there are things winter owns
besides this  axial tilt
shortening days & steaming breath

it is icicle teeth grazing the edge of the roof
hungry for the heat inside
& how the moon, no longer warm
readies her blades to sketch a figure
across ice

there is physics to skating:
friction and momentum
curving Newton’s third law
into a glide

& physics in that lesson of snow
teaching lightness

in falling

this body cannot learn
until it knows
the path to clouds

& holds the key
to the storehouses
of the snow

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to some thoughts on early winter

  1. unfetteredbs says:

    steaming breath, icicle teeth– your poetry really comes alive woman.

  2. We had our first snow overnight. Woke up to an inch of it as a blanket…brrrr.
    I love this Susan. The references to the axial tilt, Newton’s third law… Brilliant. 🙂

  3. annotating60 says:

    Susan this was good.there is physics to skating:
    friction and momentum
    curving Newton’s third law
    into a glide

    & physics in that lesson of snow

    This was good, though these lines were the highlight and could have a whole piece built on them.>KB

  4. janehewey says:

    i especially love your second paragraph, Susan, where you make the inanimate animate. I see parabolas gliding in the ice. wonderful.

  5. Susan Michaels says:

    breathtaking …

  6. nelle says:

    Storehouses of snow, like lots. Now I’m going to hear Crosby, Clooney, Vera-Ellen,and Kaye singing ‘Snow’ all day.

    Sharing the earworm. http://youtu.be/CH2KGboA35c

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