Lake Effect

A poem for the grieving


What could be draws near: now here, now whole,

now mess, now melt, now gone. Cold wind blows

over warmer water, churns up moisture, curls

and crops each liquid drop to crystal, ready to fall

when cloud scrapes cross some highest hill and spills.

Christ spent an evening splitting atoms for this,

so many ribs and lungs and livers. We all shiver.

The snow falls on the old and the young. I’m tired

of watching the yard fill with these precise bright

jagged unique crisp wisps, now here, now whole,

now mess, now melt, now gone.

Snow on snow on snow on snow on snow.

I don’t know how the houses hold the weight.

The flakes accumulate on every blinking light

and yet stay lit. How brief their glow.

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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