Kaleidoscope Online | Snow: Cassandra Kulay

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.

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Selected works are published in a digital, online anthology at www.artbeatstudio.ca/kaleidoscope-online.

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