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Hoar Frost December 23 – Antique Light






From Environment Canada Glossary :

Frost is the condition that exists when the temperature of the air near the earth or earth-bound objects falls to freezing or lower (0 °C).

Alternately, frost or hoar frost describes a deposition of ice crystals on objects by direct sublimation of water vapour from the air.


How we mark the transitioning vapour as it falls upon our lives –  the rise and fall of the emotions as they move from light to shadow, dusk to dawn.  Language too builds layers of meaning, some buried deeply, like compressed snow, it falls then hardens in their depths, only to melt away and disappear with the changing seasons.


Before 900 – Middle English, hor ; Old English hār ; cognate with Old Norse hārr grey with age, Old Frisian hēr grey, Old High German hēr old ( German hehr august, sublime)

adj. Hoar/Hoary

Old English har “hoary, gray, venerable, old,” the connecting notion being grey hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cf. Old Norse harr “gray-haired, old,” Old Saxon, Old High German her “distinguished, noble, glorious,” German hehr). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man’s beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being grey with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.


white hair’d limbs, chill’d air –

grasping at light clouded  sky’s

kiss upon the earth.


Winter’s sublime age –

grey with rising crystal strands,

so my face grows frost . 

Proudly lichen fiercely clings,

Counting out  bordering years.






Window – Seeking Perspective


Seeking Perspective

through windows muted  with doubts –

blinds and screens washed out.

Are these colours  now poorer, 

as uncertainty  drains hope ?


Perhaps some colour will return as the day proceeds, if not today, then tomorrow.  Till then, seeking perspective.




Nursing Station B or Door 31


Nursing Station B

or Door 31 – choices

run down stream  like leaves. 

Spinning eddies gather up

minutes into days –  settle.

The Garden Loon


The Loon glides past the tomato plants in our backyard –  Suspended in time with the rest of the mural painted by my wife. The plants will pass away with the coming Fall, while the Loon continues in motionless movement through the grains of the wood board on which its reality clings.

the blue water ripples

across hard wooden surface –

frozen as winter;

ceaseless seasons cascade past,

how are we so different ?




Snow Diminishing in Spring

Snow Diminishing in Spring -Leaf


Snow Diminishing in Spring - Pine Cone


Snow Diminishing in Spring - Pine Cones

dry leaf’s revealed fall –

snow diminishing in spring

reveals pine cones’ end.


seasons mixed bits

scramble in gravel dance –

warm sun and wind sorts

with slow heat bubbling remains,

winter departs – wet kisses.