Viking Call

Upper Merion High's Student Newspaper


A Winter’s Breath

a step outside is all it takes

for Winter to hold you prisoner

i glance back into my house because

the light and warmth from within is

tempting but not more than a Winter’s breath

the biting gale sweeps me into the winter wonderland

the ground blanketed with white crystals

begging me to join them on the ground

i jump into a mound of fresh snow and

 move my limbs back and forth

until an angel’s imprint is left 

i stand up to marvel at my work for a few seconds

until the angel is covered with a fresh sheet of snow

i grasp my coat ever so tightly as the wind continues 

to blow

my face turns a rosy pink as Winter bites at my face

i look down at my hands and they start to turn a sickly white

i try to head back to my house but not before Winter holds me captive

my legs have joined my arms in becoming frozen and

as hard as i might try, i cannot move for my body has fallen 

victim to Winter’s merciless touch 


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Malak is a sophomore and this is her second year writing for VC and her first year as EIC. When she's not writing questionable literature, she enjoys creating video segments for the Morning Buzz, participating in Speech & Debate, playing the flute in band, working in stage crew for the UM Underground Players, among many other extracurriculars. Outside of school (and procrastinating), Malak can be found watching an unhealthy amount of Netflix while drinking an unhealthy amount of cold brew.