February by Laura Treacy Bentley

“Wouldn’t you love to be here
when the waterfall freezes over?

I mean, 

at that exact second
the last molecule

of motion is stilled?” 

a stranger asked me,
staring at the castle of ice

looming before us, 

our breath 
smoking the air, 

me dreading

the numbing silence
of eternity.

Laura Treacy Bentley is a poet, novelist, and amateur photographer from Huntington, West Virginia. She is the author of a poetry art book, Looking for Ireland: An Irish Appalachian Pilgrimage (Mountain State Press, 2017), a literary thriller set in Ireland, The Silver Tattoo (2013), a short story prequel, Night Terrors (2015), and a poetry collection, Lake Effect (Bottom Dog Press, 2006). She was awarded a Fellowship Award for Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and is widely published in the United States and Ireland. Her work has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion, Poetry Daily, Crannóg, and O Magazine.

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