Virginal tableau of ice and snow,
Cloudless sky of photonic bliss,
Serenity whispers in my ear
And the universe rests.
A thunderous snap
Violently tears the silence
Only to be swallowed
By the gentle murmur
Of a newborn breeze.
The tableau is broken;
Minor movements barely felt,
Tinny cracks inaudibly sensed.
Newly formed leaves turn to watch
The millimeter march of white
As snow and ice shift to shore.
Pushing, crawling, clawing,
An unrelenting progress
Of unimaginable ruin.
Unslaked with its beachhead,
It forces onward and inland,
Carving glacial paths toward homes.
Bending trees, crushing fences,
Invading homes, uprooting lives,
Until the breeze subsides
And serenity returns to the lake
To contrast broken lives.
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Learn more about the destruction at Dauphin Lake and our ongoing under-appreciation of Nature’s ability to take back what is hers.