Frozen

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For three days now the world has been frozen.

Rock hard ground, sheathed in ice and snow;

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Any worms or insects the birds might hope to find,

Securely encased in frozen mud.

Any fallen seeds,  buried under ice.

 

Berries top the bird buffet;

Berries, and any human offerings

Left  behind in kindness, to sustain

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In search of food.

Food to fuel survival

Until the world grows soft again,

And offers up its bounty.

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The world is frozen,

A glinting, glimmering, hard and shiny

Version of itself.

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White sunlight bouncing from ground to leaf

To icicle adorned landscape;

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Glinting in eye piercing patches of brightest light

From water and snow.

This frozen light,

Clear and hard;

Offers no warmth.

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The world is frozen, brittle, sharp and painful.

Wind sucking warmth from finger and face,

Snow numbing toes and hands.

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Icicles threatening like crystal knives,

Gathering girth as frozen night follows frigid day.

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Birds crunch frozen berries from ice glazed shrubs,

Filling their gullets with ice,

Flying to keep from freezing, staying close in

Living clouds of winged family flocks.

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Ruffling feathers against the wind,

Standing on ice, wading in briny waves.

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A small miracle, to remain warm

And alive,

In this world of ice.

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Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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