December 4, 2013: Crystalline Patterns

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Crystalline patterns grace my window,

The late night artistry of Jack Frost’s brush.

Gossamer feathers of icy lace

Swirl in designs with finely carved tips.

Gemlike they sparkle in Sun’s bright rays,

Accented with but a hint of rainbow tinged trim.


Scrolls like chantilly flakes

Traced with delicate ease.

Frost’s enchanted breath strokes silkened threads.

Sugared prisms mold fern leaves dainty and fine.

An albino forest.

A gift from dear Jack Frost.


The chill of winter greets indoor’s warmth

At frost-etched panes where water’s vapor

Creates spatters of doilied design.

Paisley’d flocks embossed thereon.

Fairy wings pressed lightly atop.

Kaleidoscopes of grays and blues and whites.


Beyond the pane, suspended in space,

Winter’s crystals float.

Glitters amidst currents of polar air.

Rays of Sun ricochet off rimy jewels

Arrayed in varied hues.


By the rise of noon’s sun,

Frost’s masterpiece will be no more.

The pane a fresh canvas

For Jack’s next frosty work.

Merry Christmas!


Virginia Anson grew up in the shadows of Sandia Crest in New Mexico. Family camping trips may have sparked her passion for nature. She holds an A.S. in Electronics Technology, a B.A. in Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation. Her book, Mother Earth’s Caretakers, targets middle school youngsters and is published as an e-book for Kindle. Virginia is a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and her volunteer endeavors see her as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and sacristan in her parish and as a habitat steward for the National Wildlife Federation. She especially cherishes her life in the Secular Franciscan Order, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.

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