Behind us the snow soon filled the footprints we left behind us in the snow. Without a past we are nothing

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Notes:

1. Written on November 3rd, 2020

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Tale #137: The Snow Daughter, or The Voice Beneath The Snow

The whispers come up from beneath our feet, every step another sigh, every sigh a plea, a cry. But the mistake would be to listen, to stop, to try and find the source. For the voice is a trap, to catch the caring. To steal that final flicker of warmth from your trembling desperate heart, to turn your soul to ice.

Better instead to ignore that snow siren’s cry. Better instead to let your own heart turn to stone.

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Notes:

1. Written on April 1st, 2019
2. See not only Sirens, obviously, but also the Yuki-onna.

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On A Cold And Silver Moon (places in space #34)

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Notes:

1. Written some time between October and December 2019
2. When I was dreaming futilely of snow

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Snow (places in space #28)

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Notes:

1. Written on June 21st, 2019
2. While I was writing this, I found these amazing 19th Century snowflake classification illustrations, by Israel Perkins Warren

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Tale #57: The Thaw

Every March, after the thaw, the river that runs through the valley bursts its banks.

And in the fields to the north the dead bodies emerge from beneath the snow: rodents, rabbits, hares; pigeons, sparrows, starlings, crows; a fox, a cat, a dog; a drunk, a suicide; an unidentified child.

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Notes:

1. Written on February 15th, 2018
2. I should have timed this better so it was published in March rather than in June
3. But I did not
4. And it’s too late now

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