Pairings #2


Our lagoon 
is first to freeze.
Long and less deep,
beside a Great Lake.
On sun sparkled ice
fall-fattened geese
land and slide, 
not so gracefully, 
then plop down.
I drop onto the
wooden bench. 
My winter jacket 
of down feathers
slowly absorbs
the cold bright sky.


You ask me, why.
Who can give birth to ice?
Who begets frost from the sky?
Who can kiss
water to stone?
Whose breath alone
can freeze the abyss?

*Job 37:10; 38:29-30 in paraphrase, with poetic license

Photo: Queen’s Lake Nature Reserve, New South Wales
by Christopher Hill at Wikimedia Commons


Author: Mary Jo Malo

Christian, mother, grandmother, and poet of occasional worth.

34 thoughts on “Pairings #2”

  1. The beauty of poetry is that it takes us to a place that once was, or offers a vision of a future iteration. Most of all it centers me in the moment, a pause. I am walking with you by the lagoon that has the sheen of crystallized water. I hear the snow crunch under my boots and the sounds of geese descending. I experience that marvelous sensation of winter coldness that warms me with memories of childhood.

    A wonderful reflection, Mary Jo. You have responded to Job 38:19: β€œWhat is the way to the abode of light?”

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    1. Oh thank you, dear Rebecca. Writing poetry and having a reader respond to imagery in such a personal way is extremely rewarding. I so appreciate your taking time for contemplation. Such moments and pause can be healing.

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      1. My pleasure dear Mary! You deserve all this.
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          1. Thank you so much Dear Mary! I’m so glad that you liked my work. You are a very kind hearted person.
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  2. Wow! I was really moved by these poems! They are a perfect pair! The way you have dovetailed the details is incredible. “Who can kiss water to stone?”; this line is powerful; words do carry weight; the weight here is perfectly understood. (Job 37:10) God, the one who can turn water to stone, has created our world with a ‘cold blue sky’, which permeates our very beings. Yet, we are at peace, because we understand that it is God, and God alone, who makes light, water, and ice. In life, the ice is ‘thin’, but we need not fear. Our God walks with us upon the water and upon the thinnest ice.

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