I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Jim Heynen is best known for his short stories about boys, which have been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He also writes poetry and young-adult fiction, and two years ago he published his first novel for adults, The Fall of Alice K. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tree branches glistened like glass. Then broke like glass. Ice thickened on the windows until everything outside blurred. Farmers moved their livestock into the barns, and most animals were safe. But not the pheasants. Their eyes froze shut.