Shannon Ryan

Frost-Bound

Suspended on a cool blue lake,
ice crystals flake off my sole
as I shuffle to shore. The air is still,

               the crisp silence smells of burning
               evergreens. Spilled hourglass sand
               lingers like dust motes. Light

gliding across glaciers’ glancing
gazes, waiting for me to gather in
the palms of my hands glittering

               glimpses of a songbird, voice box
               stolen. Hope hovers, splayed in frozen
               layers of flight. Feathers flash midnight blue.

Shannon Ryan is a creative writing major at Salisbury University and the current managing editor for The Scarab literary magazine.