Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Solstice Trilogy, Part II: Observations from my back yard

Back yard photograph, 12/3/10
It's long overdue...  
Anxiously waiting for that soft blanket of snow

Pale sun radiating no heat even at noon.
The bare garden soil exposed to the cold
like a hand without a mitten.
Leaves rustling loose, still unraked.
The woodpile’s once comforting bulk,
evaporating to wispy chimney smoke.

The deer skeleton Coco found,
now mounted on the barn,
stares down from empty eye sockets,
reminding me
that you don’t always get
what you bargain for –
as if one needs reminding
at this time of year.

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