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"Frosty Kept a Silent Vigil"

Published:
December 20, 2023
December 11, 2023
Read "Frosty Kept a Silent Vigil", a poem about snow and the beauty of building a friend like Frosty.

He taught us 
That snow is magic 
As full of breath 
As you and me 
Holding life 
In its fingerprints 
Tenderness 
In its touch 
We’d watch him on the television Dancing among the children 
Pipe bobbing in his mouth 
Smoke rising 
From warm lungs 
And we’d go outside 
To raise a Frosty of our own 
Between small palms 
Rolling that consecrated stuff Between our fingers 
Growing stiff with the effort 
With the act of Creation 
And when the crystals joined together Eagerly 
We learned that even snow 
Was yearning 
To be made whole 
We watched as each crystal 
Kissed the grass 
And we found 
In each small flake 
A present to the earth 
Their gift tags reading, 
From: the sky
Simple 
Unwrapped 
No glitter 
No bows 
No reciprocation 
Necessary— 

There is nothing more holy 
Than this 
Than the ground hugged closer
To the atmosphere 
Nothing more sacred 
Than heaven 
Falling to our feet 
With a wish to be held 
A desire to play and dance and sing Like children 
Nothing— 

Except perhaps 
The sun peeping out 
Too curious of the universe’s joy to stay hidden 
And the light parts two friends Who have only just met 
A promise of return 
Seeping into the ground 
Raising the earth higher 
In the meantime 
Until next year 
When the radio croons 
Once again 
And Frosty dances 
On its waves 
Reminding us 
Not to cry 
He’ll be back again 
Some day.

Creators:
Hannah Tonsor
Published:
December 20, 2023
December 11, 2023
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