Angle to Key West: Waiting for a Window (10/19-20)


Baudette, MN – October 19-20, 2013

Snow began to fall. The first flakes touched the ground and disappeared. The next followed. The sun and earth shook them off. More fell. The warmth of the world flickered like an old light bulb trying to hold on.

More snow came, silent and white, melting away just like the last, but not in the cracks, no, not in the darkest shadows. There the snow held for a moment, caught on, lingered just a bit longer.

The sun glared down. Shadows moved. Grass clawed back to the light. Fallen leaves shook off their coat. Color returned to the world.

“Not yet,” the light bulb said. “Not yet.”

But we all knew it wouldn’t last. Warmth would flicker off again, each time a bit longer, each snap of white a bit colder, until the world turned to ice and winter refused to leave.

I stared out the window for days. I watched snow fall, hold, and disappear. I felt winter’s door shutting on top of me.

“Give me one last moment,” I said. “Before the lights go out.”

5 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Waiting for a Window (10/19-20)

  1. Does the picture show Frank, the Snowflamingo? I have been told that Minnesotans take their snow replicas very seriously.

  2. Good analogy for dying…the cold hand of winter, the light fading. Even in Florida, without the snow we see and feel the light changing and things dying until Spring. Winter has given you just enough time to finish. Sweet.

  3. Daniel, I love the stories you tell, the variety, the thoughts, the feelings, their reflective nature, the suspense, your sense of humor, the insight into the beautiful and not so beautiful, the real side of life and being human. I can’t imagine what life will be like without them. Each morning I eagerly await the next installment. Thank you for sharing yourself, for diving down through the layers and illuminating what lies beneath the surface. Perhaps you may be moved to write some about what comes after the adventure . . . I for one would love to hear how life moves for you then. with gratitude,Gretchen Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:00:53 +0000 To:

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