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First Place: The Weekly Poetry Contest #14

Ice in August

by Pam Medland
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Published October 29, 2017
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Ice in August

by Pam Medland

Frost stiffens late summer
brittles pale arms of poplar and larch

It’s coming, the dead season
I feel its chill fingers on my curled toes
even the hanging gardens on Stephen Avenue
lose their lustre in the mall’s stale air

I sort patio plants into living
and frosted, select a few unlucky stars
to choke through the winter solstice
in my darkened rooms

Last fall I chanced box outside
remembering London in March
but by December I plucked the dry bush
frozen like the gold grass of the foothills

You died in June
amidst the geranium blossoms
your funereal bouquets dull
against the bright pink cheer
of fall cuttings coaxed through
a long winter

And now ice blows again in August
and I must sort, alone
the living from the dead
no longer certain
who’s been touched by frost


Biography
Pam has an MA (English) and MLS (Library Science) from the University
of Toronto. She lives in Calgary and is the Director of the Airdrie Public
Library.
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