Frazil needles sink,
River dreams of warmer days,
Ice crystals cluster.
I enjoy learning the names of phenomena that I’ve seen, but never had a word for. Recently, I found such a word while reading a Conservation Authority press release warning people to watch out for ‘frazil’ ice along the banks of streams, on lakes, and on rivers. I have read several definitions of frazil ice. Basically I have gathered that it is new ice formed in moving waters, in extremely cold conditions (-6° C or less). Needle-shaped ice crystals multiply, forming slush or thin plates of ice floating on the surface. The shores of the creek above are probably quite slushy with frazil ice. It takes prolonged periods of cold for the creek to appear frozen over, and even then, one would want to be very careful stepping out onto it–you could fall through.
My post is in response to RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge. The prompt words this week are ‘crystal’ and ‘hope’. Synonyms are allowed so I used the word ‘dream’ instead of ‘hope’. To read more haiku or to find out how to participate, please visit the RonovanWrites link above.
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