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.

 

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.