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The Pancake Chronicles: inside the ice castle

The Pancake Chronicles

Saturday, March 10, 2012

inside the ice castle

© Colleen Hilman
On the bay,
upon a forgotten summer's bay,
carved into the snow and ice
is a door ...

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... that leads you down a corridor and opens into a large hall, filled with light and children and chatty parents in line with squeaky styrofoam cups of hot chocolate (cold pocket change exchanging mittens), with diner sets carved from blue blocks of winter lake, and old tables heaped with woollen gloves and jewelery made of bone and antler, alongside a wide platform for singing and dancing beneath northern lights greening,  a joyful ode to the arctic life we choose.
But as for me ...

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... I am in corners and nooks that want me more.
Muffled light and muted voices,
one thousand boot prints braiding beneath my feet,
a mix of alone and together
for me
is my own music.

4 Comments:

Blogger Em said...

Wow. What an amazing and imaginative place. Where is this wonderous place? :)

10 March 2012 14:21  
Blogger Colleen said...

It is the Snow Castle in Yellowknife of the Northwest Territories in Canada. Every year they build it and host art shows, concerts and craft fairs inside. It is beautiful and I LOVE it. :)

12 March 2012 12:12  
Blogger Sonya said...

Wow. Just wow.

13 March 2012 14:23  
Blogger Colleen said...

You would love it, Sonya!

14 March 2012 15:03  

any questions?

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