Once upon a time, there was a woman who was trapped in a palace made of ice. It was a beautiful palace, with every comfort she could want, but one. She was entirely alone. Although the walls were crystal clear and she could see all that went on in the world around her, she could not touch, taste, smell, nor hear anything outside her walls. One day, she looked out to see the most beautiful vine, bravely growing up the sides of her icy prison. The flowers were so lovely, she longed to touch their soft petals, to smell their fragrance. They were so close!
The woman cried, and her tears fell on the wall of ice that separated her from the world. Astonishingly, the ice melted just enough for her to smell the wonderful fragrance of the flowers, and then just enough more for her to reach out and touch one. The flower wound its way around her wrist and turned to glass, stone, and silver. The rest of the palace melted for the flower that had given its life; and the woman, no longer encased in ice, wore her bracelet always, to remind her of the miracle that warmed her frozen heart.
© 2007 Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Sterling silver, lampwork by Donna Millard, tourmaline. Hand fabricated.