Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snowy Ladies



A faded print from long ago:
Three sturdy ladies in the snow
Prepared for fun out on the ice,
And maybe falling once or twice.
They're all together, yet apart.
Each gaze reflects a different heart.
Contentment, sass and prim reserve,
And yet I think they each deserve
A sturdy man to share their days,
An Adam to return Eve's gaze.

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow...?
--Job 38:22
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
--Genesis 1:27

I'm almost certain that the devices around the ladies' necks are clip-on ice skates, designed to fasten onto the soles of their shoes or boots.

The interesting image is courtesy of Magpie Tales. Click the link to see other people's ideas about this photo. This particular new poem is public domain.

11 comments:

kathew said...

perhaps one of them is taking this photo...they do deserve a sturdy man to share their days! Well done!

PonyGirl said...

beautiful and thoughtful! thank you for sharing! here's a link to my magpie: http://onewriteroneblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-friends.html

Jinksy said...

An Adam to return Eve's gaze.

Oh, yes!

Doc FTSE said...

Let's hope the Lord will be with them on the ice . . and if not, a sturdy Adam to haul them out of the water.

Helen said...

You certainly captured each personality ... I saw what you did.

Jim Swindle said...

Kathew, yes, I hadn't stopped to consider whether the photographer was a man or another woman.
PonyGirl, thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your poem.
Jinksy, yes, a man and a woman need each other.
Doc FTSE, Yes. I'm guessing that they knew enough to be sure the ice was thick, but too many have guessed wrong.
Helen,thanks for the encouragement.

Southwest Arkie said...

Very nice!

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

We had those clip on ice skates when I was a kid in the 1950's, probably inherited from the previous generation, along with the clip on roller skates. Remember those?

Eliza said...

That's lovely.
"Each gaze reflects a different heart." I like that line especially.

Jim Swindle said...

SouthwestArkie, thanks.
Romanós, we had clip-on roller-skates. I tried ice skating only once, on a frozen sidewalk with ill-fitting skates. It didn't work well.
Eliza, thanks for the encouragement.

Tess Kincaid said...

Alas, my autie on the right never found her Adam. Nice piece, Jim.