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A Warmer Love - Writes of Winter

February 07, 2024

The Red Deer Arts Council and The City of Red Deer are pleased to announce the winners of the Writes of Winter contest!

Winner - Poetry

A Warmer Love - by Elizabeth Kiryanova

The fluffy snow waves
And distracts me from my days.
As I walk in the bright snowy night,
I feel as though I am the only one here.
The only one in the whole world.
I transgress through space and time.
I seek to escape the pain of the cold,
but I’m an emotional masochist.
Only by diving further into it,
Do I numb myself from the pain.
In the cold my heart thrives,
It stays frozen.
Every time I defrost it,
I end up having to shovel away the remnants.
I really don’t like shovelling.
There is peace in the icy stillness.
I’m not thawing my cold heart this year.
I love through my soul these days,
It’s far away, where the wind chills and snowstorms and extreme cold warnings can’t reach.