Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Confession For A Frosted Winter's Day

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No fairy princess, me
I never donned the costume:
circled skirt of velvet,
faux fur frosting crimson collar and cuffs.

Never found my balance—
some lack of nerve or skill;
couldn’t master a simple swizzle,
let alone a crossover or one-foot glide.

Cold hours, I kept to the wings,
holding close to the rink’s
bruised wooden boards—
my impossible fear of falling
through artificial ice.

Truth be told, I stood about
more than skated,
my ankles buckling in protest.

my cheeks flushed,
fingers and toes tingled at their tips,
as, clutching the rail,
I lifted my face to the veiled sky.

Out of the crowd,
one perfect crystalline flake of snow
dissolving like sugar on my tongue.

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Karen Shenfeld

Toronto poet Karen Shenfeld is the author of The Law of Return (Guernica Editions, 1999) and The Fertile Crescent (Guernica Editions, 2005). Her work has also appeared in well-known journals published in Canada, the United States, South Africa and Bangladesh. Her personal documentary, Il Giardino, The Gardens of Little Italy, was screened at the 2007 Planet in Focus Environmental Film & Video Festival.

Go to Karen Shenfeld ’s Author Page