lake effect

In Cairo and Palestine
snow is as holy as manna
gathered quickly in the morning

to shape snowmen
or drink in that cold desert–

the same whiteness
covers so many scars in the cities
of my continent

cracked pavement
broken glass
gone in one frozen breath

but not gone, really;
merely covered over.

No sick are healed.
No lame are walking.
No blind can see.

There are no fast fixes
or true miracles
to celebrate

except the everyday
magic of ice and dust
each its own thing

but collectively an event

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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14 Responses to lake effect

  1. yesnobody says:

    Wow. Brilliant and touching!

  2. Trent Lewin says:

    We’re covered in it too. Just covered.

    How are you these days, Susan?

  3. No….
    the blind walk
    the sick see
    and the lame are heals…
    and this magic of ice and dust
    is that all we’ve ever had?

  4. Now my toes are cold. Great stuff.

  5. I do miss snow until it gets all slushy and then makes ruts when it freezes. But when it is first falling it is like I would look outside until it stops. When it stops makes me sad. I have lived in upstate NY and Fairbanks, AK.

  6. nelle says:

    I like this lots… there’s no magic dusting of whatever. If we want it to happen, we have to make it so.

  7. Alice Keys says:

    I’d forgotten the uncoverings of the spring thaw. Very nice.

  8. BroadBlogs says:

    Snow as manna and magic. How cool is that?

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