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FIRST ICE, by            
First Line: No wind will walk upon the water there
Last Line: To build so light and delicate a thing.
Subject(s): Ice


No wind will walk upon the water there,
That wears the pale defiance of the ice;
First ice, a crystallizing of the air,
Thin, brittle. When the pond is frozen twice
The water will be then congealed -- and locked
By shore and shore. Now there are open places,
Dark mirrors where the clouds are making faces,
The wind dislimns, as if he thought they mocked
His play.

Gruff winter, airy, blithe as spring,
With fragile fancies -- men that deem him harsh
Should see this ice today along the marsh,
This magic of his momentary touch;
For even early April would give much
To build so light and delicate a thing.





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