It hadn’t occurred to me until someone at work brought it to my attention that this winter has been going on for eleven years. I said, “That can’t be. Surely not.” But then I got thinking about it. It was eleven years ago November we moved into this house. You remember, snow was just beginning and we had so much trouble getting the refrigerator down the driveway and through the door.Print This Page
Made in black and white
Frayed upon the edges
Free of wrinkles despite
That they were not then
My father’s parents
Looked so in love...Print This Page
Tell a child she is composed of parts
(her Ojibway quarters, her German half-heart)
she’ll find the existence of harpies easy
to swallow. Storybook children never come close
to her mix, but manticores make great uncles...Print This Page
The world is filled with empty promises.
It’s like when you tell a person you love them,
and they say it back,
but after that
y’all never speak again...
I remember hearing Kurt Vonnegut, who
was speaking in Saint Paul, say that when
the aliens arrived on a desolated earth,
we should leave them a message, carved in
the walls of the Grand Canyon...Print This Page
In praise of buses rattling through the streets
In praise of passengers jostling for a seat
In praise of a transfer I didn’t need to buy
In praise of snow falling from the sky, and my down coat
Bought secondhand but warm...
The midnight sky is bright
with the light of new snow.
Rooftops have gone missing...Print This Page