The frigid blanket,
white, blameless, pristine
smothering life trapped beneath.
I paused to admire the beauty
transfixed, awestruck, perplexed;
by the paradox before me:
how could such splendor possibly harm?
Too late, I realized my peril-
the prickly numbness
soon turned stone-cold,
my weakness forever preserved.
Inspiration: When I wrote this, I wanted the obvious interpretation to be about snow falling. The photo of the recent first major snowfall in my area might have helped illustrate that conclusion. The underlying meaning has more to do with emotions. In the first four lines, I was writing about ambivalence. The next four lines refer to love, and the final four lines are about the end result when ambivalence and love come together.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! Did you do anything fun to celebrate? Did you make any resolutions? It’s good to be back from my blogging break and I will be catching up on reading over the next week or so 🙂