The snow is crystalline and beautiful
burying everything as it falls,
a fairy palace made for dolls.
Winter outside is mild but cold,
today I might be reborn and
lose these feelings of being forlorn.
Innocent powder cleanses my soul
because I am weary and life
takes its toll. Every snow flake is
different just as every birth is a
miracle. I know I can still be
thrilled and fulfilled by the smallest
things despite the evils I have
known and seen. There is
a never-ending cycle that does
not stop for anything and it does
good to me, shaking loose the
nightmares, intrusive thoughts
and fears, collecting quietly on
my consciousness, layer by layer,
all these passing years. White as
a new bride with tender intent,
the snow has a glamour, a
gliitter the sun invents. A
spiritual calling evolves like water
into ice with every renewal of
virtue over vice. Walking in the
snow reflecting, I listen for the
words my heart is selecting.
Calm and centered, I now see
myself as part of the art of
insight made glaring, then
again, there is no rush with the
snow falling, to speed my way
to realizing the full extent of
awareness I am capable of,
letting go of fear and hanging on
to love. The snow is crystalline
and beautiful, muffled but gentle,
inconvenient but soft as a kiss,
nature telling a tale that is always
going on, day to night, season
to season, for everyone, for every
Writing poetry and fiction since childhood, Cassandra graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in literature. She is always expanding her gifts of writing and enjoys sharing it at weekly Writers Circle meetings held at Studio Central in Winnipeg. Other examples of her poetry can be found in her (2012) self-published book of poetry entitled, “Desperate Measures”, where she chronicles her struggle with mental illness. Her goal is to keep expanding as a writer and visual artist.
Kaleidoscope is an annually published journal featuring the creative writing of persons with lived experience of mental illness from across Manitoba.
Selected works are published in a digital, online anthology at www.artbeatstudio.ca/kaleidoscope-online.
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