Capitol Freeze – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Freeze – Word of the Day


Taken a few years ago at a previous house, ice not uncommon inland in winter. I decided it was too thick for the birds to break through, so I gave them a little help.

Capitol Freeze

There’s an ill wind in the north,
as springtide fades and darkness descends,
and a sharp chill fills the air.
Leaves of all denomination are blown about
without a thought or a care,
while ice has taken the ground once warm with hope,
and is now possessed by unwelcome forces
that seem to be here to stay.
When will it go away? We ask.
When spring returns, of course,
two years hence,
and Jack Frost is no longer,
then the Capitol freeze will thaw,
and the bulbs of hope,
though battered by the cold,
are yet hardened survivors,
ready to rise up and show their colours.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, nature, poem

35 responses to “Capitol Freeze – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I think I remember when it snowed at Wave Rock – or was that only a story?
    But I remember going around with a group of others and picking up the birds and putting them into boxes lined with hay until the snow melted …

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  2. ouch two more sullen years of this maniacal freeze .. sending them light and love to thaw their sorrowful hearts 🙂

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  3. Always the promise of spring to come…always welcome when it arrives.

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  4. i liked the term capital freeze, the ice is so clear, and thank you for helping the birds

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  5. Takes me back to when I had two outside big dogs. I still miss them.

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  6. I like the layers of meaning in your home. Lets hope that thaw will begin to make itself felt soon.

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  7. Sorry – I’m meant poem not home – my fingers worked faster than my brain!

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  8. I love the poem, Paul! Thank you for helping the birds.

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  9. 🙂 So nice of you to help them like that. They have to maintain a body temperature of 39 to 40 degrees C!

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  10. Akshaya Thulasi

    What a beautiful one !!!
    Awesome title 💙
    Aww !! That freeze……

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  11. Nasuko

    By the way,Australia’s Drought has become well?

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  12. lync56

    Very clever >

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  13. Wonderful poem. I am hopeful for the thaw in two years, but worried..

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