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Spy Pond



–In the 19th Century Spy Pond was a source for ice cut into huge blocks…


It’s unnerving when shuffling

across the ice in early March

to feel a shift beneath your feet

and hear the aching crack

before you see the crooked rift

that cuts a seam between your legs.

You might have known it wasn’t safe.

You saw the melting at the edge

before you ventured out. You know

about the shifting seasons: shorter winters,

early springs, long summer months,

record heat and drought.

Just to be safe you best drop down

onto your hands and knees;

pray all the way to the shore.