The Long Winter of 2014 Winter attacked us like a mugger, battering us with frigid winds, hail, whiteouts that closed roads and shattered the power grid. Snow piled fifteen feet high obliterated mailboxes and froze solid, blocking letters from friends, jailing us in our homes. The cold and storms held us hostage for three months. Even deer hunkered down, unable to walk through high drifts. Then we had a brief thaw followed by rain that turned into a blizzard and axed tree limbs. Now in late March, winter slowly frees us from bondage. Snow begins to melt, but the compressed crystals resemble harpoons. Today, the crocus blooms, displays lavender petals that dare winter to strike again. — Janet Ruth Heller
Heller, a published author and poet who lives in Portage, has taught literature, women's studies and creative writing at Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, the former Nazareth College and several other colleges and universities.
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