Winter Queen

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Oh that whore! She comes on like a beast. Whipping her snow and ice, demanding I heel. She blinds in her furious whiteness and pushes me hard against the door with her pounding wind. I slam it in her face and stumble to the stairs, breathless. I am Ahab and she Moby Dick.

“You shall not pass!” If I had Gandalf’s staff I’d have slammed it to the earth, but in truth, this statement is made rather weakly as she has, in fact, commanded me thoroughly all the way home. I have skated more than walked. Trudged bent, more than floated, regally. My fingers are stiff, my face wind burned and cold. I learned in karate, though, that if your opponent has greater skill, at least come out sounding ferocious. It may, in the end, be the only edge you’ll ever have. I head up stairs and unravel myself of gloves, coat and scarf. Snow pours off onto the floor and the cats scatter. My nose is soon running, but I am not put off. I stand before the dining room window and survey my winter kingdom and sniffle. I may be a snotty queen, but I am The Queen here.

Snow lifts off in waves from the roofs curling and swirling and slamming back hard toward the earth. Trees rock and sway in the gusting winds and the broken slot in one of my gutters whistles and moans. I startle at the sudden whipping of the screens against the windows, but regain my composure lest she think she has caught me off guard. She is impressive, I must give her that, but I am no puny human. I raise my arms up to command the winds, “Regale me with your winter taunts, you nefarious witch! Tear the shingles if you must, I will not be intimidated.” Admittedly, my cavalier stance comes from good homeowner’s insurance, but she knows nothing of this. She only sees my defiance and strength.

“I, not you,” I hiss, venomously with flashing eyes, “am the Winter Queen here!”

8 thoughts on “Winter Queen

  1. So creative and fun! We may have much in common but….don’t be mad….the cherry blossoms are in bloom here in Vancouver. Ahh. These beauties are the inspiration behind my screen name so I am delighted as always to see there return, casting out the queens of ice, snow and winter to their underworld caves once more!

  2. I console myself when I am really cold and sliding down a sidewalk that all of this snow and ice will transform and bring forth flowers soon enough. Such is the beauty of water, as is spirit. Always changing and transforming. Always giving us an opportunity to discover what we’re made of, eh?

  3. Awesome Noelle… I loved the way you defied the Winter Queen at the very end and also how you described her… .
    She is impressive, we must give her that, but you are no puny human!… 🙄
    All the very best to you. Happy weekend ahead ⭐ Aquileana 😀

  4. Really enjoyed your winter walks Noelle. Am sure you are the Queen of Spring too and I look forward to those posts!

    • I was just out for some hiking in this lovely weather. I have ordered a new camera, so yes, I absolutely want to try some more night shooting. So far it’s been limited. Thanks for the support, my friend, as always.

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