very late at night

March 5, 2013

ONE WINTER ADDITION

 
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teachers to small children

the world over

pastors to parish

they all will tell the pretty truth

(aside the pretty lies, “pretty lies”)

that crystalline snowflakes

are unique. unique.

and maybe later in both

secular schoolrooms

and sunday school classes

(and in all their varieties the world over)

small children might make snowflakes for themselves

they’ll fold lacy paper exactly in half

with a good crease

and taking their round-ended scissors

they’ll cut their very own unique cuts

so that when everyone unfolds their lacy paper

and lifts it above their heads

everyone can laugh at their uniquenesses

.

but one thing that ministers & mentors

rabbis & nuns will fail to add

is that those one-of-a-kind snowflakes

are all

alone

in their descent

on icy black currents

all their night fall

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.                                                                 (from at least 5 or 6 years ago)Image
 
a favorite painting by Edward Hopper
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2 Responses to “very late at night”

  1. The move from the classroom of jolly children to the loneliness of the snowflakes at night is very moving.

  2. beautiful imagery/perspective

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