Literary Hook: White crystal blanket gives way to green carpet of spring

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

We’ve just passed that in-between season, not quite winter and not quite spring. The following poem by Cleo Johnson, a Rock River Times favorite poet, captures that season well.

As a member of the Wednesday writers’ group, Johnson continues to work on improving her poems so they can give readers a positive feeling and some sort of identification with their own lives and observations.

She is fond of traveling, meeting new people and, in general, trying to add a little sunshine to brighten every day.

Crystal Blanket

Clouds bulging with water glide across the sky

And pass through freezing air

Aching to drop their heavy load

Where water turns to sparkling crystal flakes

As flakes drift in slow motion to the ground

They elegantly cover everything

Cars, buildings with large peaked roofs

Birdhouse roofs, yards, fields, lawns

Roads turn white like pearl silk ribbons

Disappearing in the distance

People, critters, abandoned nests in trees

Are gently covered, warmed and enclosed

In a pure pristine whiteness

a blanket appears to cover scars

And the evidence of people

To insulate plants and small animals

Under its shelter, warming them all

The white crystal blanket protects everything

Until the warm spring air comes again and

Changes it all to a soothing smooth carpet of green

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet.

From the May 2-8, 2012, issue

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