Liquid Sky Blues


Glassy blue-green perfection
Of the still mountain lake
You are like a magic mirror
A portal into another world
A solemn reflection
With treetops pointing down
To a sky so far below
I feel I could fall for miles
before I reached it

Here on the dock it seems I’m far above the earth
Looking down on a highway of clouds
Wondering if you’re down there somewhere
In this other world
And if I could reach you

The sun shines brighter for a moment
And glows as a golden orb
Floating in that watery sky
Beckoning me
Sending me rippling smiles
As the brightness surrounds me
Here on the dock
On the quiet lake

Before I leave
I plunge in my hand
Into the liquid sky
To feel the coldness
Of the January water

My hand burns a little
And I imagine
It’s almost as cold as you are now
I choke and stand up
Lamenting that I can’t reach Heaven
By jumping into this sky


Cold Ache


It is the first snow without you
the first snow and it is so piercingly cold

The ground is crunchy and the air hurts
my bare fingers as I take pictures
capturing this day
this moment without you

I’m so glad you’re wrapped
in the softest, cosiest blanket
your mama could find

My little snow queen
my glistening beauty

Unique and perfect
as a snowflake
and ever beautiful

The little birds flit about
with their feathers fluffed up
wee puffballs warm for winter

But I soon hurry inside
for my heart
is shivering