Winter Waiting


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.

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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