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Once I saw upon an object-glass,
Martyred beneath a microscope,
One elaborate snow-flake slowly pass,
Dying hard, beyond the reach of hope.

Still from shape to shape the crystal changed,
Writhing in its agony; and still,
Less and less elaborate, arranged
Potently the angle of its will.

Tortured to a simple final form,
Angles six and six divergent beams,
Lo, in death it touched the perfect norm,
Verifying all its crystal dreams.

- John Davidson, Snow


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jan_u_wine
Oct. 28th, 2016 11:37 am (UTC)
ah, that's lovely!

just an analogy for all of the *flakes* out there, innit? What an echoing irony that the closest pass to 'perfection' is that last, stretched-with-fingers-clutching-at-eternity one of 'life'.

In this short three verses lies a whole landscape of 'what is life' (oh, noooooo not THAT song) and 'what is death'

And the picture is perfection!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love your reaction to this! Yes, yes!

I'm so glad you liked both the poem and the picture.
gilda_elise
Oct. 28th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Wow, finding misery wherever you look.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
And yet perfection, too!
acciochocolate
Oct. 28th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Halloween Countdown Day 28: Snow, by John Davidson
Amazing poem! Reminds me somewhat of a poem that I read/heard on NPR's The Writer's Almanac abt wasps trying to save their children from a poison spray. I have never looked at wasps in the same way.

Caspar David Freidrich is one of my fave artists; I was introduced to him in a history of art course in college. :) Pity that some of his work was lost in WWII!

Edited at 2016-10-28 02:31 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Halloween Countdown Day 28: Snow, by John Davidson
Wow, that sounds like a truly chilling poem.

Caspar David Freidrich is one of my fave artists; I was introduced to him in a history of art course in college. :)

Oh, wonderful! I love his sense of scale. He puts me in my place and creates such awe, you know?

Pity that some of his work was lost in WWII!

Yes, indeed. A terrible loss.
acciochocolate
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Halloween Countdown Day 28: Snow, by John Davidson
Yes to all of this!
litlover12
Oct. 28th, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
What a powerful poem. Thank you for sharing it.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm so happy you liked it.
ankh_hpl
Oct. 28th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Excellent & unexpected offering today. Thanks for posting this dark little gem!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.
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