As 2009 winds down to a close, I thought I'd end it with a poem by my friend, Cathy Quaglia, owner of Aspen East, a terrific ski shop in nearby Killington, VT. I love the peace and imagery of it. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
Reflections on Snow
Snow's origin, not so obvious
as glancing in a mirror
catching your image in a puddle
or standing at the edge of a lake.
Snow possesses more depth and magic
falling flakes slowly pile up
like minutes and months and miles
nature's glistening white story.
Each unique shape, a cold ornament
artfully decorates the forests
roofs, hillsides, brooks all transform
into one resting blanket of silence.
Sun warms and combines invisible crystals
rising moon provides a vast night light
wind pattens the landscape
and the elements play their game.
Past child imagines and excites in the wonder
creates and plays out an adventure
now skillful gliding curves renew the freedom
as we soar over varied frozen surfaces.
Drifting thoughts suggest balance found
in snow's purity, truth and promise
reveal meanings in winter's bright gift
ever grateful for mountain life.
-- Cathy Quaglia
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