|The icy branch|
Twenty degrees, the very earth
crunches and cracks under my boots,
ice forming everywhere.
The world is bracing, nose-tingling,
eye-opening, and brand new.
The lovely little creek is water-full,
heedless of the cold,
ice bells tinkling from each fallen branch.
Winter, and alive, and new again,
Lo! It all begins again,
crackling with anticipation.
The first day of the year.
Montreat, North Carolina
January 1, 2013