Two-step Snow


deep snow boots

New snow covers a layer of ice that tops yet another layer of snow. The cat sinks to her belly with each of her steps, but footprints made by heavy boots are more involved.  With each step, the boot sinks softly at first, then crunches unexpectedly through ice, then finally sinks, sinks again to frozen ground.

Sink. Crunch. Sink, sink.  A two-step dance in snow.

A task might appear
complete, at the end, finis!
then surprise – there’s more…


I decided to create a new term for a particular type of snow in the Inuit tradition. My term for icy snow sandwiched between layers of soft snow, two-step snow, is inspired by the Texas Two Step dance.

“(Anthropologists) charted the vocabulary of about 10 Inuit and Yupik dialects and concluded that they indeed have many more words for snow than English does. Central Siberian Yupik has 40 such terms, while the Inuit dialect spoken in Canada’s Nunavik region has at least 53, including “matsaaruti,” for wet snow that can be used to ice a sleigh’s runners, and “pukak,” for the crystalline powder snow that looks like salt.” (From There Really Are 50 Eskimo Words for ‘Snow)

Photo by Morgan courtesy of Unsplash

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