The Spirit Can Soar

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Snowflakes On Us All – © 2018 Patrick Canganelli.

the world is such a sad place
at times
but bright white snowflakes fall on our noses
in the deep of night
do they not?
and with the falling rain
we are renewed.
run around an open field
on a golden autumn day
and tell me
you’ve almost forgotten
the oppressive summer nights.
I know the heart can hurt
but the spirit
can also soar
and ascend to heady mountaintops
the height of the world
can be reached,
the thoughts of despair
can be left behind.
let us run into the ocean spray
let us gather at first light
and sing
of joy
and laughter
and come together
to celebrate what we have—
let us know
the moment of birth
is hope
for a gentle soul,
in the hour
of misery
we can shout
to the far heaven,
a land we dream of—
a great land where we are headed.
bow our heads
and then look up into the shining
white.
let the love in
and it will push out
the saddest times,
and bright white snowflakes will fall
on us all.

© 2020 Patrick Canganelli, All rights reserved.
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The Crystal Blanket

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Layers of snow – © 2018 Patrick Canganelli.

today our world is covered in crystals,
each one unique,
formed by angels’ breath –
they dance about the air,
they fall from heaven
like icy diamonds onto earth below,
woven into branches and nooks about the fields,
ellipses at the end of everything,
hinting at a continuation –
a recurring breeze,
depositing layers
to cover the cold.

© 2019 Patrick Canganelli, All rights reserved.