The Deception

'Snow on spruce tree needles' photo (c) 2009, Loren Sztajer - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Snow falls gently
covering the ground
one crystal at a time.

We see a fresh blanket of snow
and we are reminded
of beauty,
of innocence,
of forgiveness,
of uniqueness.

But this is not all that is there.

To see only this ignores
a man shivering in its cold.
a family left homeless from the roof cave-in.
a motorist abandoned on her way home.

In that blanket of snow exists
frigidity,
destruction,
weight,
loss.

One truth does not negate the other.
But choosing to see only one side
is to see a deception.

  • http://www.JanetOberholtzer.com Janet Oberholtzer

    Beautiful poem and thoughts!

    • http://jesuswithoutbaggage.wordpress.com/ jesuswithoutbaggage

      Agreed!

  • Deb Palmer

    Touching … and true.

  • Sheila Warner

    This is so very true. My sister lives in the middle of the recent ice storm. I worry about her safety. Snow does indeed bring both beauty and destruction. I hope you are well.

  • Betsy Henning

    This is a beautiful piece of poetry. Heartwarming and heart wrenching. And true.

  • Scale Lily

    If you don’t see, then you don’t feel nearly so bad and it can’t be said that you ignored.