I waken, blinking blearily, to see
That God has drawn a mural in the frost
That decorates my dazzling window-pane,
And carpeted the earth below with snow.
How glorious the glare that gilds the glass!
How beautiful the blanketing beneath!
The Lord lifts our spirit with loveliness
Even as labor is laid upon us.

I began this a few weeks ago, composing the first couple of lines, then writing the rest when they came to me last week. I didn’t originally intend to be so alliterative, but once the first few lines happened that way I “ran with it.” I even had the thought of making this be alliterative verse rather than (or in addition to) my usual blank verse, but I could only make most rather than all of the lines fit that model.

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2 thoughts on ““Frost”

    • Thank you, Aubrey.

      The scene that, greeting me in the mornings, prompted this was there when I wrote it a couple of weeks ago, and to some extent again this morning, but we had that unseasonably-warm thaw for almost a week in between, here …


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