Snowdust

Snow dusting an Appalachian forest, by Don Sniegowski on Flickr

Fine flakes so intricately small they disappear

against bright gray sky, roads and sidewalks.

In this forest, every surface takes some,

except for the creek, which accepts it

as brethren. I extend my bare hands.

 

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Snow Birds

Some who live here have started already

to migrate south, often in breeding pairs.

Snow birds, though they fly from snow.

Mostly white, many older, letting others

fly, feed and care for them.

 

 

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.