Alison Rosalie

Rookie (March 12,1991 / Regina, SK)

Wintertwigs - Poem by Alison Rosalie

i said
how the trees
look so beautiful
in the coming of winter
don’t you think?
with their claws and claws and claws
frozen in floral-patterned frost
reaching all around themselves
in eerie still-motion
the snow that sticks to them
is sparkling
is softly pale;

subtle ghastliness
like the soul of your
milk skin
your hauntingly
delicate face –
white as a cadaver, skeleton-ghost

and just like stiff twigs and sticks
and branches you extend your arms
and you stand
too, too
(always twisting
in the oddest directions
always straining, rigid
in spider-vein silhouettes
against the sunset sky)
with your hands always open,
your arms always reaching

you stay.

never quite clenching

but ancient plastic bags,
blowing in the
pin-prick frostwind
of the
white wintry

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 25, 2010

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