Essay — Garden-variety life

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Small white snail shell in brown grass
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Overnight a careless giant trod the land

Green and brown grass blades with frost
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Fairy crystals falling from one massive hand

Frost crystals on green plant
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Icy droplets marked the meandering trail

Brown pine needles covered with white hoarfrost
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And cut short the life of a tiny white snail

Small white snail shell surrounded by frost and brown grass
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The giant hurried on, the snail moved no more

Small white snail shell under brown grass blades
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Garden-variety life, frozen in hoar

Small white snail shell nestled in brown frost covered grass
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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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