Mary Havran

Late Snow

Late winter snow gains impact
through element of surprise
and potential disappointment
burying, as it may,
the tender shoots of spring

Stepping on the toes
of springs first warming rain
the sudden return of snowflakes
guarantees a thicker flocking
on every branch and twig
Night’s chill will seal this fluff
like crystallizing sugar sets cake frosting

I would rather dream of green
buds on trees and shoots of flowers
spared swaddle beneath snow’s blanket

Such choice will not be given
Snow falls, snowfalls
till winter discerns its end

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Poem Edited: Sunday, April 6, 2008

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