North: a poem, plus photos from Canada in winter

NORTH
Past industrial heartlands
And prairie farms
Out on the Great River
Where the air is calm

A bold December moon
Shines down through black spruce
And in the distance
Roams a lonely moose

Ice is thickening
On the water below
As a snowmobile revs
And there’s a wintery glow

Lights dance nimbly
In the northern sky
Ghosts, grey and green
Echo their cry.

© J. Ashley Nixon 2014

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Aklavik is a small Arctic community in the Northwest Territories, where this poem was written when working on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline project (with thanks to my colleague Kim for taking the photo).

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Dog sledding in the Yukon

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Snow shovelling (in Alberta here) is another favourite winter pastime.

For more images of winter in Canada, see J. Ashley Nixon Photography

About NixonsCan

World-travelled ecologist interested in energy, food & water challenges, photography, poetry and music.
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