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CONTRA MORTEM: THE COMING OF SNOW, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Along the denuded aisles a shadow walks
Last Line: The rubble graces brightening in the snow
Subject(s): Snow


Along the denuded aisles a shadow walks
casting no body bending no branch nor cracking
one dry twig It sighs and talks
or maybe only the bracken
is mumbling in the wind nothing or no one takes
the time to care The snow comes a few flakes
unobserved then thicker softening
the raw air almost as in the spring
apple petals falling diffuse the sun
but cold and with a tang
of reality And though at first they seem to run
him through and vanish on his tongue
slowly he takes an outline and footprints show
the passage he has truly made among
the rubble graces brightening in the snow.


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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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