Change of State

Change of State

The pond froze clear last night,

a window into the still soul of winter

where yesterday the rubbery webs

of boisterous ducks convected frigid water

by night the molecules slowed and shifted range,

from coloratura to contralto,

tightening the ties that bind.

And from the seeds of impurity a crystalline lattice crept inward from the shore.

This morning the garrulous geese sit silent,

little princes upon the thinnest pane of ice,

the ess-curves of necks and breasts compressed against the

unyielding glassy surface.

In the low slant of late afternoon light ice crystals become flakes of gold leaf surrounding one last column of bubbles





captured in the moment of changing state.

Now the hush of winter begins.

C. Healy

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