Is spring once again sailing back to the north woods? Across the Great Lakes the ice is skating out. On March 24, earlier than last year, the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, creaked open again. “Lakers,” long as short stories, will soon cast off from their winter moorings and lumber under the Aerial Lift bridge like black bears stumbling from their dens.

Across the Great Lakes the ice is melting, mumbling south, and saying something about what was snowballed into silence by the winter of our disinfectant can now clear its throat and begin to sing again, to befriend again, to play to win what cannot be won again, to plow and plant what wind nor wallet but only the heart can harvest again, to swim, to sail, to fly on foot and in our mind’s eye what lovers, wading to depths that hold afloat the world, see as open waters waving up sunrises on inland seas deeper than our deepest great lake, while only sandcastle sailors, shaking in their Sorels in spring, creak that Persephone’s waltz is only “skating on thin ice.”

William Tecku


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