Saturday, February 23, 2008

Personifications of a River Break-Up

As a child, the time of the 'ice going out' was always an anticipated event.

I can remember my brothers and I lined up by the old fence on the top of the hill; watching and listening to the drama of the powerful ice floes floating by in the river below.

This time of year, when the end of a long, cold, snowy winter is in sight; the changes taking place in the river ice are always strong reminders that there is definitely a seasonal change in the air.

The River Break Up


Pelting rains and furious winds
spurned slothful winter

and woodland streams swelled their banks
with prideful freedom

while disintegrating river ice abandoned its frozen grasp
and stretched its icy fingers towards the shore


geometric ice shapes played
layering and shuffling games

while jockeying for positions
along the swollen river banks

as tranquil mainstream remained in its solidity
reflecting in the strengthening afternoon sun

hillside grasses and dry stalks overlooked the changing scene
while springtime memories stirred in their roots

and jubilant waves and rushing rapids
raced down the river and disappeared around the bend.

3 comments:

Mary said...

Nice! Great word pictures that really do personify the scene's views. I especially like "..springtime memories stirred in ther roots".

Sandpiper said...

This is a beautiful presentation and describes so perfectly one of spring's big events. There is a river in the town where I grew up that would do this. Big chunks and cracks of ice that heap themselves one on top of the other.

me and my camera said...

Mary and Sandpiper:
The ice going out is always exciting; and it really hasn't gone out here yet but as you can see in the pictures some areas have had a jump start resulting in some open water. Its fun telling a story with pictures. Glad you both enjoyed.