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1980 Spotlight –Thoughts on a January Thaw


The recent taste of spring, a snowmelt respite before the return of more typically frigid days, provides a perfect occasion to share this Jan. 21, 1980, item from the Spotlight student newspaper – an evocative blend of poetry and photography that sums up the wondrous variety of Pennsylvania’s seasons. Its author, Mollie Eliot, graduated from Williamsport Area Community College that May with a degree in journalism. She is employed as a certified peer specialist by The Main Link, providing mental-health recovery services at drop-in centers in Towanda and Sayre.

Poem byBright,
Clear,
Snapping cold,
Warmed around the edges
By a turning-to-spring sun,
Drifts of snow
So high as to be impassible,
But here and there
Trickles small rivu(l)ets of spring
January thaw –
The first whisper of spring
Announcing herself,
Preening coquettishly,
Only to disappear into winter’s night.

Poem by Mollie Zelewicz, photo by John Zelewicz

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