The Blank Page

Just enough snow to make us believe
that today is a blank page and
on these faint lines, we can write
a short story with a happy ending
or a heroic couplet ending a poem.

 

The window screen divides the scene
into thousands of pixels, and each one
will need to be filled, black or white,
on or off, here or not here.
A crossword puzzle we can never complete.

Gettysburg

Gettysburg battlefield

A foggy, cold, November morning. Lincoln spoke,

following a 2-hour oratory with two minutes

because he knew “we can not dedicate —

we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow” ground

covered, uncovered by grass and snow. Remembered.

 

Termination Dust

Denali

Photo of Denali by Tim Rains, National Park Service.

 

And suddenly, summer green becomes autumn orange.

Termination dust, that Alaskan high altitude snow

signals summer’s end. But not here. Now.

No mountaintops. Just lawns and fallen leaves.

No blueberries for bear’s dessert before hibernation.