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March 27, 2013, 4:22 pm
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Ice Dance

Once, in icy February,

I watched a flock of geese

land on a frozen lake,

land and glide across

in a great, silent dance.

.

Each bird put down

one webbed foot,

slid it forward,

hesitated for an instant

before shifting weight to it.

They all did this:

step, hesitate, slide.

.

Rising and falling together,

the whole flock waltzed forward,

each one testing the ice

each one ensuring

the other’s safety.

.

Not birds of the air

nor any creeping thing,

nor beast of the field

nor humankind in God’s image

can safely dance alone.

The ice is too thin;

the dance is too dangerous.

– Bonnie Thurston

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