Termination Dust


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.


Snow Time

Marking the day by the piling snow.

Breakfast dusted the grass and speckled sidewalks.

Lunch soup, and a blanketed picnic table.

By tea time, pillows on lawn chairs.

Night baffled and warm, a world asleep.


The Blank Page

Just enough snow to make us believe

the day is a blank page and

on these faint lines we can write

a short story with a happy ending.



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.