Tuesday, 7 October 2014

How it begins

It takes more than one swallow to make a summer, the saying goes.  And it takes more than one snowfall to make a winter.  On Sunday, I was willing to say that it was just one of those early snowfalls that one gets in northern Manitoba in October.  A snowfall that would come and would go, sloppily melting away as the temperature crept back up over zero.  But now I'm not so sure: it's snowed off and on throughout Monday and today it's still snowing.  Is this it? Is this winter?  Not all the leaves have fallen yet.   


A few words from Patrick Lane, from his poem "Winter 1," a peaceful moment taken from his short, fierce book simply titled Winter

The generosity of snow, the way it forgives
transgression, filling in the many betrayals
and leaving the world
exactly as it was. 

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