Lament – a poem by M. J. Iuppa

One morning, after a quick
thaw, the frozen creek begins
 to breach beneath blue ice
a slow crack becomes an
exuberance of water shifting
its weight, bank to bank, until
slabs of ice rise like monoliths
in this wilderness, shimmering
in its moment of being
solid and striking, despite
the flood’s ability to take
everything with it
One day . . .
I imagine I will see
it happening

M.J. Iuppa’s fifth full length poetry collection is The Weight of Air from Kelsay Books, May, 2022, and a chapbook of 24 100-word stories, Rock. Paper. Scissors. from Foothills Publishing in 2022.  For the past 33 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.

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