ice out, ice in

 the ice did go out of the rivers and ponds, 
even the shallow vernal ponds are thin this, so far, dryish spring. 
 i keep finding more about this place
there are lots of oaks.
i really haven't been paying attention!
 and this red wing blackbird was playing
hide and seek with me yesterday
 and the pussy willows above the kitchen sink
are bursting forth.
lovely twigs i brought home
like precious jewels
from my walk yesterday 
(when i had to tell my neighbors
why i was walking alone
and felt again the weight of grief, for a little bit) 
but not this morning!
ice in, it's raining ice right now! 
freezing rain, school is closed.
some ice