Wintry Liberation

Photo: © Sylvie Bertrand. All rights reserved.

Sheltered from
Blustery winds
Whiteout conditions
Siberian wind chill

Enveloped by a
Crackling fire’s warmth
Settled comfortably
Eyes closed
Breathing naturally

In pursuit of
Mindful fitness
Freezing emotions to
Preserve cherished memories
Fluttering within a snow globe

Encouraging worldly thoughts
To lie dormant or
Drift through
Emptying any trash
Cleansing and liberating as the frigid air


by Suzanne Cottrell


Suzanne Cottrell

Suzanne Cottrell lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in rural Piedmont North Carolina. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and Pilates. She loves nature and its sensory stimuli and particularly enjoys writing and experimenting with poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print issues such as the North Carolina’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, The Avocet, The Remembered Arts Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Haiku Journal, Naturewriting, and Women’s Voices Anthology (These Fragile Lilacs Literary Journal).


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