Too Long a Winter
Photo and poem by Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith
Through the kitchen window
caresses like fingertips on a cheek.
scented with earth, as if
soil particles thawed
dissolved into it
made it more complex than what it once was:
clear, empty, vast
The air has melted.
A new season pulses
sap and blood on the rise, while
We sit silently at the kitchen table
frozen like winter air
our conversation polite
Hearts, like air, can melt.
But has it been too long a winter?
Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith, a professional writer from the village, is providing to RichmondHub readers a regular series of photographs from around Richmond, along with the poems they inspired her to write. She found these ice formations in early spring 2017 on the banks of the Jock River.
You can contact Lee Ann at www.leeanneckhardtsmith.com.
You can download a copy of the poem to read offline here.