Saturday, January 21, 2012

Saturday in CinCity







Ice


by Gail Mazur


In the warming house, children lace their skates,

bending, choked over their thick jackets.



A Franklin stove keeps the place so cozy

it's hard to imagine why anyone would leave,



clumping across the frozen beach to the river.

December's always the same at Ware's Cove,



the first sheer ice, black, then white

and deep until the city sends trucks of men



with wooden barriers to put up the boys'

hockey rink. An hour of skating after school,



of trying wobbly figure-8's, an hour

of distances moved backwards without falling,



then—twilight, the warming house steamy

with girls pulling on boots, their chafed legs



aching. Outside, the hockey players keep

playing, slamming the round black puck



until it's dark, until supper. At night,

a shy girl comes to the cove with her father.



Although there isn't music, they glide

arm in arm onto the blurred surface together,



braced like dancers. She thinks she'll never

be so happy, for who else will find her graceful,



find her perfect, skate with her

in circles outside the emptied rink forever.



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