What Winter Knows

 

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 Triumph of morning

 clear as a dazzling mirror

 banishing hoar-frost

 splintering ice over ruts

 releasing trapped air

 

fretted oaks moss-lit

engross a blank horizon

synapses dormant

like old folk at the bus-stop

waiting for a ride

 

ammoniac wind

scours the sinuses

of forsaken woods

June a mulch of memories

restoring root sap

 

skeletal boughs

stitch oblique shadows

to the westward fields

widgeon surf silver air

chevron-winged and sure

 

Hope tunes the theme

reborn in flight, and sunrise

breaks upon eternal azure

to greet a world reborn

 O wonder! O Oriens!

 


 

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