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WinterIt's the exhalation born of deepest nights:
The breath of a breeze that burns with its chill,
A whispering wind that caresses and kills,
A scream that strokes the spine with fingers of ice.
The sun holds little sway, distanced from the land;
Winter has ascended, taken half the Earth
With siege weapons of hail and squall and blizzard,
Her frozen hold foiling the toils of man.
Both the powerful and fragile must succumb,
And once the world is held in her icy grasp,
She uses subtler weapons: illness' gasp,
Aching joints, endless sleep from falling numb.
The destroyer is a creator as well,
The frosted landscape a wonderwork of art:
A snow-day child's silvered dream, a world apart.
Yet danger waits behind the silence of school bells.
Above, sharp spires; below, treacherous pools,
Deadly swords or daggers and clouded mirrors
Waiting, observer and executioner
Of those who would be the season's chosen fools.
Red Riding HoodI want to believe people so badly when they say they won’t bite
that I contemplate climbing into their smiling jaws
thinking that it might be better to be split in two than left hanging.
But always, I draw my red hood and flit back into the forest
running in the shadows of pathways, never stepping into clearings
because I’ve spent my whole life in the wilderness
and I still can’t tell the wolves from the woodsmen.
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