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Floating Ice - Eleanor Belvin

I arrived in the heart of winter ice and snow surrounding my cradle I am the peculiar warmth In the harsh February winds

Ice and snow surrounding my cradle, Just as ice forms on a lake In the harsh February winds, Hiding the ripples below.

Just as ice forms on a lake, Surface level, lacking support, Hiding the ripples below And pretending to be solid enough to stand.

Surface level, lacking support, the empty smiles and hollow laughs echo. pretending to be solid enough to stand, I take a step and plummet into the water,

The empty smiles and hollow laughs echo. the winter’s heart muffles reverberations in her cavity. She takes a step and plummets into the water, But she learns to float in falsities.

The winter’s heart muffles reverberations in her cavity— Chanting “I am, I am, I am!” She learns to float in falsities While melting the ice that once fooled her.

Eleanor Belvin is a senior at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. She loves writing songs and poetry. Her work has been featured in Indolent Books. She is a proud bisexual, Jewish girl from the South who loves to share her stories.

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