Winter Thaw

My heart rests in a subtle place
secluded among walls of snow.
Tempted by the ideas of a complacent mind—
you have made me forgetful of other lives
sweet and tepid inside of myself.

This water, the sustenance here is rich
with surrounding life, even in the frigid
cold of winter, secrets live in hidden places
and memories play behind the world’s stark white
expanses of silence.

I am aware of our impending thaw. It always
comes as a welcome surprise,
an awakening, a revisiting—
the world shocked with reaffirmation
when I will stand as me, hot again
in all the magnificent, animalistic beauty
of my words.

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About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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20 Responses to Winter Thaw

  1. robert okaji says:

    Lovely poem. Tempted, but…

  2. Beautiful poem and feelings evoked. Thanks Kate!

  3. Tone says:

    Lovely poem Kate! 🙂

  4. JC says:

    I can feel the sun already… Beautiful!

  5. I of July says:

    brilliant lines ”you have made me forgetful of other lives
    sweet and tepid inside of myself.”

  6. 5h2o says:

    Very nice– beginning, middle and end. It is good now to think of spring …

  7. sanberdooboy says:

    i like the “weight” of these lines: “This water, the sustenance here is rich/ with surrounding life…” they have a mythic quality.

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