Lullaby for a Winter Evening

Lie down and let me tell you about snow
about geometry and silence
two parts cold to one part marvel
let me tell you of the twofold
mystery of its nature
how a single flake
dissolves at once
how two flakes linger
when they gather
whitely on the ground

Lie down and give your face to snow
drifting down like petals
in a spring orchard
taste it on your tongue
a fleeting kiss of ice

Lie down and listen to the wind
wind through the apple trees
twisting the bare twigs
into complex runes
against a curtained sky
spelling out a recipe
for snow

Sally Zakariya


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