Winter Waiting

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Small felt smaller still after

being buried alive, wrapped

Egyptian style in layers

bred of cold desperation.

*

Much energy was wasted

fuming, whining, recounting

tales of those whose days were filled

with blue skies and toes in sand,

Paradise lost; squirming drove

Small deeper into her grave,

tied icy anchors to hopes

that hell had frozen over.

*

Large watched in compassionate

silence. Grieving. Waiting for

Small’s heart to thaw. He sent his

love in diamonds, reflective

prisms in hues carved by age-

old mysteries into shards

of brilliance, setting each stone

with a jeweller’s practised eye,

glowing treasures at her throat.

*

He waits still. Small sags, sulky,

snow-blind. But patience lives where

love glitters; Large wipes her tears

with rainbows, crowns her mornings

with gentle soliloquies

cooed by mourning doves,

harnessing the Chinook winds

to end her hibernation.

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16 comments on “Winter Waiting

  1. Geraldine says:

    what a great shot! 🙂

  2. Caddo says:

    This is chockablock full of beauty and depth, Mel. Got me all weepy, you did.

  3. Beautifully penned, and the photo is so lovely. Thank you, Melody.

  4. Debbie says:

    This read like a love story . .. A sweeping and tender one! Thanks Melody!

  5. I missed the analogy at first and had to reread. How clever! Actually when I thought ‘small’ was a woman I was ready to tell ‘Large’ she didn’t deserve him. Glad the story ended with happiness on both sides!

    • melodylowes says:

      🙂 I left it purposely ambiguous – I thought there were more possible interpretations that way. So whichever way you read it, you can’t be ‘wrong’! I wanted to leave the ending with a hint of hope – so I’m glad you saw that, too. Thanks Marie!

  6. Ambiguity and vagueness breathes intrigue, and a slow unfolding to the weight of glory– that’s my interpretation & impression ~ Un-belied BEAUTY! Faithfully Debbie

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