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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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