Summer Houses in Winter The Society October 3, 2012 Poetry By Michael T. Young Ice is the past tense of water, is verb condensed to noun, pure speed contracted to a stasis of glitter, a brief foam frozen in marble beads, the memories that can’t recede. It is the practice of winter habits, of hibernating inhabitants hoarding the landscape, seeds and nuts, while the wind scratches, huffs and pants, and all the leaves are a frosty mint. The maples creak, seeming to say, Be hard, be cold in what you know. The dark pines darken and agree; clutching their needles, they won’t bow. The gables on all the houses glow; icicles stretch like falling figures, sleek, seasonal bodies of Icarus, translucence where the sunlight staggers, and sand, though it slides and slides, can’t pass from the top half of the hourglass. From Transcriptions of Daylight, Rattapallax Press, © 2000; originally printed in Pivot. Reprinted by permission of the author. Click here for other poems by Michael T. Young www.michaeltyoung.com NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.