The Ice-Cutter (Walden 185)

Hauling ice to storage, Toronto, 1890s. Wikimedia Commons

Hauling ice to storage, Toronto, 1890s. Wikimedia Commons

He cuts and saws
the solid pond,
unroofs the house of fishes,
and carts off their very
element and air,
held fast by chains and stakes
like corded wood,
through the favoring winter air,
to wintry cellars,
to underlie the summer there.

— Henry David Thoreau, from “The Pond in Winter,” Walden

(About  “A Year in Walden”)

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