Level 2

On Hold

On winter's surface,
signs of life --
tracks in snow,
brush tips browsed,
a trepid song --
but beneath winter's grip,
locked under pond's ice,
river's frigid flow,
stick-still, holding on,
their wildness harnessed,
dragonfly nymphs
patient as ghosts,
waiting on degrees
of time.

© by Ken Tennessen, 2009

Image of dragonfly nymph by Ken Tennessen

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