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there's music out there

can you hear it?

By Oneg In The ArcticPublished about a month ago 1 min read
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Have you heard the snow?

Drank its waters from the ice hole four feet deep?

There’s clarity to this element, gentleness in feather-falling flakes that drift effortlessly.

I anticipate the taste of each individual snowflake, as my tongue twists upwards to catch each one. The crunch of hardened snow beneath gives way in unpredictable moments unseen to the eye.

This is my walk to work, up snow banks and down snow drifts. Each step a boot imprint to show I was here.

Rabbit and fox tracks litter and skitter left and right. A dog whines and howls in the near distance. The stars sparkle brighter than the new satellite orbiting this tiny speck of a place.

Air huddles on my eyelashes, coating them with the finest frost. I blink rapidly so they don’t stick together; giggle at how I must look.

Upon inhaling, I can feel the pure air pierce my lungs with such a sharpness that I crave more and less instantaneously. It seeps into my bloodstream and invigorates my being. My organs work harder to heat up my body. My hands clench and release in sealskin mitts. I wiggle my toes in clunky boots. I move like the wind that scatters the snow. We are both trying to avoid freezing in stillness.

A raven donned in pitch black caws my arrival.

A symphony plays below my feet. With each step I think about how there are endless sounds to endless snowflakes. And I am grateful for this music.

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About the Creator

Oneg In The Arctic

A storyteller and poet of arctic adventures, good food, identity, mental health, and more.

Co-founder of Queer Vocal Voices

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  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

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  • Penny Fuller6 days ago

    You have such a talent for description, for evoking a sense of completely being in a single moment. I really love your writing.

  • Shirley Belk22 days ago

    Excellent Oneg!!!

  • Mariann Carrollabout a month ago

    Love the imagery in this story, it’s almost like poetry 🥰

  • Kelsey Clareyabout a month ago

    This is such a beautiful and vivid description! Great work!

  • River Joyabout a month ago

    Absolutely beautiful imagery you brought about here Oneg. It is such an enchanting read.

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    Stunning imagery and reall sense of sound and movement, just stunning Oneg -What a magical walk to work! 🤍

  • So am I, Oneg. So am I. When I was a kid, I loved breathing in the cold air so much that mom finally gave up on trying to make me quit sticking my nose right over the freezer chests in the supermarket to breathe it in.

  • Stephanie Hoogstadabout a month ago

    This is very poetic with beautiful imagery. Nicely done.

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    I usually encounter black ice, dog waste (I hope it came from a dog) and too much salt. ;)

  • J. Delaney-Howeabout a month ago

    Beautiful!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Beautifully descriptive and great entry for the challenge.

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