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Fire and Ice

 Above the frozen earth, their journey hence began. 
Tiny drops of moisture; fall to a darkened land.
Winds blow them higher; once, twice, and thrice.
A chill overcomes them, they transform to crystal ice.

They change; a new pattern begins to form.
With stems, branches and fronds, frosty white is the norm.
Abundance of varied shapes, cover earth with a blanket soft.
Except in one location, where smoke greets them from aloft.

Carolers near a campfire, singing praises on high.
Their voices reach to heaven, through snowfall from the sky.
Heat of campfires rising, meld with winter’s cold,
Catching flakes as they drop, not to release it s hold.

Fire and Ice do not mix; an exchange goes unopposed. 
Flames alter beautiful flakes, and as steam they arose.
This precious mist returns, to the place where it began.
To gather once more like tear drops, to be released again and again.

YarnSpinner
 

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Fire and Ice, opposites, both vibrant images that carry the connotation of touch as well as sight.  

The easy rhythm and rhyme give this a classic feel,  I really enjoyed reading this.

~~Tink

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Very nice composition, YarnSpinner. You take something from nature, touch upon the scientific, and raise it to the next level with the human experience.

I never saw the appeal of Frost's "Fire & Ice." This one blows it away.

Tony

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On 5/11/2018 at 10:05 AM, tonyv said:

Very nice composition, YarnSpinner. You take something from nature, touch upon the scientific, and raise it to the next level with the human experience.

I never saw the appeal of Frost's "Fire & Ice." This one blows it away.

Tony

Tony

I just finished reading Frost's "Fire and Ice". I seems to me that Frost was obsessed with a drastic sense of torture that mankind would be exposed to, in some distant future. Quote: "He discusses the end of the world, likening the elemental force of fire with the (emotion of desire), and ice with (power of hate)".

Was Frost trying to say...Desire; a certain portion of mankind, would attempt to acquire and control everything possible, of value (feel evil satisfaction; revel in another's woes; feel wicked satisfaction) just to name a few, 

OR...Was Frost trying to say...Hate; the lesser portion of mankind would wallow in (envy; disgust; loathing; revenge) just to name a few. If this was the case...I can imagine that "obsession and control" and "envy and  not having wealth", could destroy mankind, or at least cause great havoc throughout the world. Where are we today?

When "Fire and Ice" was published in 1920...I sense the general public's  common feeling about nature of fire and ice, was "shed what clothing is necessary when it's hot, and dress warm when it's cold".

Poets do have a way with words

YarnSpinner

 

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