Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Storm: A Poem

This week's three-inch snowfall has put me in mind of the two record-setting snows north Texas experienced in 2010.  Contemplating the damage wrought by such tiny things as snowflakes produced this poem.

Winter Storm
 On Record Snowfall, 2/11/10

                                                Stealthily overcoming lawn and leaf,
                                                                                            Roof and roadway—
Transfix attention with their delicate beauty,
Microscopic bits of Irish lace.

Floating down irregular as feathers,
Deceptively light,
Multitude on multitude inexorably accumulate.
Boughs bow
Beneath the weight
Of dusty anxieties.

What does not bend,
Shed burden to strong, waiting earth,
What does not bend must break,
Though strong live wood
Thick as Jacob’s thigh,
Joint sundered with a touch.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 6:6-7, ESV).

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