The sky is crying and so am I. It’s that kind of a day. Cold, rainy, gloomy, depressing. The hint of spring we were beginning to catch glimpses of last week has been swept away, now hidden beneath freezing fog, pellets of “snow cone” snow and branches encased in clear thick layers of ice. Agonizing frigid air lashes out aggressively, stabbing relentlessly. Movement is treacherous across slippery surfaces. Even the hardiest don their heaviest winter coats, scarves and boots in a futile attempt to generate an artificial warmth so as to stave off involuntary shivering. The sky drips disapproval. Tears. Frozen tears.
I’m so ready for spring…but spring is not yet ready to come.
I discover in the darkness of this day, in the unrelenting freezing rain, thick, impenetrable flurries of snow, in the bone-chilling wet and piercing, raw cold, I am struggling to summon enough will to propel myself from bed. To dress. Even to eat or brush my teeth. The iciness has sapped all my strength. My voice is gone. I cannot articulate my pain. I feel broken, cracked like shattered ice. And utterly empty.
My teardrops join those glacial raindrops the clouds cry, spit and sling upon the earth. Words are often inadequate vessels and today they leave me especially bitter and alone. I seek hope in the gloom, a flower where there is none. A green blade of grass where only dry, lifeless remnants of foliage lay buried beneath the ever-deepening ice and snow. In this wintry, lonely place, I am swallowed by the emptiness, without voice or expression. In the absence of words, my teardrops speak, even as they freeze upon my cheek.
Winters are grueling. Exhausting. Punishing. They make survival so much harder.
Life is harsh, biting and lonely, even in the best of times. During the prevailing darkness, when every inch of the terrain is carpeted beneath too many inches of endless white, trying to stand is hazardous. Trying to move, to make headway, to walk a path or cautiously creep toward a destination, is foolish and ill-advised. And pointless. It is best to hunker down. To burrow beneath layers of denial. To wait for the sun…praying it will come to provide much needed thawing and relief.
I cry with the sky as I lift my eyes in search of a reprieve. Then hunker into my shell. Hunting in vain for warmth where there is none to be found.