The Ice Storm – Poem by Ida Eva Zielinska

Written by  //  January 10, 1998  //  Natural Disasters, Wednesday Night Authors  //  19 Comments

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"We are living through an ICE STORM here in Montreal.
A storm of the type and force never seen before.
Zaz, my parents and I are the lucky ones. We
still have power, heat, shelter. But thousands are
homeless due to the lack of the above. So as I sit
on the sixteenth floor,safe, the scene below can be
read in different ways:

It is a fairy tale.
With palaces of ice
and trees like chandeliers
and celestial chimes
echoing every time the wind raises its voice.

And yet,
this glistening wonderland spells disaster
as branches and entire trees,
securely coated with more than an inch of ice,
heave under the weight
and fall at random onto whatever lies fatefully
                                     below.

As the spray of ice pellets beats down, relentless,
years of proud growth and arms outstretched to meet
                        the glory of the
skies are erased with single, randomly chosen blows.

The ground is a death field of branches ...
shimmering, iridescent, heavenly linear
                                    masterpieces
laid to rest at the feet of their parents.

Power lines are down, in some regions live with
                          electricity
sparking its ways towards rivers of icy mush.

And as you move across endless fields of ice,
in awe of why you don't slip,
your bones breaking like the trees,
you feel like Moses
marching forward with valiant faith between the
                            parted waters ...
at heart alone with his maker,
yet among thousands,
undeniably threatened from every corner yet
                              protected.

Why?"

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