–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.