Borrowed Ice

Above the timber and the tree
The muddy shores of lakes
Are still dappled all around
All by hooves and little paws

Rocky rills are leading down
And in their water courses
Still the flowers leap and grow
Each one clamors for its bee

Higher, where the water sources,
Slender dirty ribbons go
Remains of glaciers as were
Borrowed ice is what remains

Ice laid down against this time
By snow that never falls no more
For I ate the fruit and bit the seed
And paid a fraction of what I owe

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