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Literary Hook: The winter that did not want to leave

June 5, 2013

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Here is a reflective poem that grew out of our long winter.

Sonnet for a Long Winter

The long winter procrastinates this year

like a difficult decision. To stay

or leave? The voice is not so crystal clear.

Is it a groove or rut we must obey

when all our senses stick like ice dams clogged

with winter inertia within our veins?

O, if only our minds could be de-fogged.

O, if only we could release the chains

that bind us to a life lived under par.

See how the crocus finally fights through soil

hard and cold? Such icy courage goes far

and yet comes so naturally without toil.

Perhaps the answer lies in staying still,

flowing with the force, let come what will.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the June 5-11, 2013, issue

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