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The snow kept falling and ice seized as
winter pressed dark and hard
Exhaustion mounted
layered high as the banks of a deep river
draining your strength, dry.
Though no consolation, some say there is beauty in the breakdown
and that great movement is gained the deeper you go.
I know.
you didn’t ask to go.  had
no desire to carry the world on the slate of your back
begging for slack.
would suffering slough off, peel away, shift into freedom
I will not say that your shattered world will make you stronger
I will not impose meaning where there may be none
I will just say that structure will return
that all possibilities are fleeting
that the water will become clear again, though leave a heavy trace.
Take no ownership of this trial
put your head on my shoulder and cry, knowing
when things fall apart
they fall back together, again, and we are left
to ask nothing, but why.

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  1. The first and last photos are the sort that I can't stop looking at. I suspect I know several people who would be touched and relieved to hear your words, too — feeling crushed as they are by this interminable, freezing winter.

    And there are echoes, too, of Chinua Achebe's novel, "Things Fall Apart". I hardly can believe that was written in 1958. I'm glad to remember it, and to read this, today.

  2. Oh my. Achebe's novel is one of my all-time favorites. I read it in the early 70's and it stuck with me for years. In fact, one of my essays in a body of work I am currently working on is titled "Things Fall Apart" and it is about the cultural erosion of Yup'ik Eskimos here in Alaska. Thank you for your comments. I'm amazed at how very often my thinking clicks with yours.

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