Dawn After the Ice Storm

I’ve been participating in Laura Shovan’s February Poetry Project on Facebook. The theme is “Bodies” and the prompts have been fabulous. One recent prompt from Rebecca Brock focused on the brain. Inspired by a recent ice storm, here was my response:

Dawn After the Ice Storm

Any second now
the sun will clear the horizon
low rays will spark
the ice-laden branches
into fiery life 
Light will ricochet
like fireworks
A complicated relay
of electrical 
and chemical impulses
will shoot between synapses
My mouth 
will drop open
to emit
a quiet

©Molly Hogan

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Karen Edmisten at her blog. She suggests a dose of Billy Collins and provides one, too. Her post leaves me wondering…what am I as old as?

19 thoughts on “Dawn After the Ice Storm

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Molly, this poem and the photos are lovely. How do you do it? Those low rays, the spark, the gasp. Beautiful.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    I love that you have posted this poem. So many of the poems in the project get buried and don’t get the attention they deserve. I gasp alongside you at your poem and photos.

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  3. macrush53 says:

    This is beautiful. I had that gasp as I walked among the snow and ice two weeks ago. Gorgeous photography.

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  4. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, the line-“Light will ricochet/like fireworks” sets up as a great prelude to your beautiful display of winter in Maine. I just love this post that keeps the beauty of winter alive.

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  5. The link you were alluding to was so delicately reached as your poem unfolded. Delicate words, so well presented. The photographs wrapped around your word gift like a ribbon. Thanks Molly.

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  6. maryleehahn says:

    Definitely gasp-worthy!

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  7. Sally Murphy says:

    My synapses fired as I read this, Molly. It’s delightful!

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  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    This poem is as beautiful as the photos. I, too, gasped in delight with you at the end.

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  9. I agree with cvarsalona. These lines light up the poem for me.
    “Light will ricochet
    like fireworks
    A complicated relay
    of electrical
    and chemical impulses
    will shoot between synapses. One helluva a coffee table is brewing with your pictures and your text.

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  10. Karen Edmisten says:

    That gasp! I was sort of holding my breath and then gasped along with you. Beautiful, Molly!

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  11. lindabaie says:

    I’ve missed some of your poems, too, Molly, & love this one, connected to my own love last week when after our storm, the sun began lighting up our world “into fiery life”! Happy March!

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