A Smoldering Snowflake

The chilly autumn air waxes and wanes in strength

by the slow-moving sleepy waterway. 

Gondolas float leisurely up and down the river,

leaving gentle ripples in the ever darkening surface

and making the drifting braziers nod with every undulation.

I can feel the smoldering heat from my 

seat on the cold stone banks of the river,

watching the crackling pops of wood throw sparks into the air. 

I told you then, of the scars the littered my body

of the despair and despondency that put them there,

and of the hate that nearly put an end to me.

With the most tender of touches you held my face

and caught the tears as they trailed down my cheeks.

When you held me in your arms that night,

I was surrounded by the fire of your existence

burning hotter than the flaming river,

burning brighter than the sparks that fluttered down 

to settle on our cheeks

like a red-hot snowflake’s gentle kiss.

Your lips have burnt away the fragments of those atrocious emotions,

and with fingers locked together

you made manifest the passion I thought 

I had locked away for good.

Oh how fortunate am I of all

to know you who wipes clean the slate,

remembers the marks and calls them proof of strength.


Alphabetical Seasons

What are your word associations with the seasons?


Apple picking. Back-to-school. Corn maze. Dogwood. Emails. Falling leaves. Gold. Harvest. Iris. Jubilee. Kicking back. Leaf. Maple. Noir. Orange. Pinecone. Quirky. Rose. Spiced cider. Thanksgiving. Umber. Vibrant. Windy. Xenophilius. Yellow. Zest.


Applications. Blossoms. Creativity. Dandilions. Exams. Flowers. Gardening. Humid. Insects. Joy. Kites. Lovely. Mums. Novelty. Opening. Parades. Q Rain. Sunshine. Tornadoes. Umbrellas. Variety. Weather. Xenia. Young. Zenith.


Apricots. Beach. Cycling. Dirtbikes. Equinox. Frozen yoghurt. Games. Heat. Ice cream. Jobs. Kickstarters. Lessons. Maxi dress. Night sky. Olympics. Parties. Quotes. Running. Solstice. Tour de France. Updos. Vacation. Wine. X-Games. Yo-yo. Zoo.


Apple pie. Baking. Christmas. Dashing through the snow. Evergreens. Family. Grandparents. Hanukkah. Icicles. Jingle bells. Kwanza. Love. Movie nights. Nostalgia. Oak. Piano. Quilt. Racing. Snow. Tales. Unending. Violent weather. Wonderland. Xi. Yoga. Zippers.

Legend of the Seasons: Autumn

Autumn’s reserved demeanor made her the most difficult to find. She knew the world better than nearly anyone else, and knew all the best places to find peace and quiet. While occasionally tiptoeing on the outskirts of Summer’s parties, she much preferred the company of a few people at a time. Those fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time with Autumn enjoyed the sensational views from the tops of mountains and the sweeping lowlands. Her favourite place to take her friends was the summits of the West from which you could see the heights bursting with the colours of fiery sunsets. Autumn loved to hear the leaves rustle and the branches creak and the fir-boughs chime, and would send gusts into the forests to conduct their melodies. Her one regret was not having made friendly with Winter, so she always made sure to leave gifts for Winter to find when she travelled from her Northern home.