Sierra Nevadas

Sharp peaks jab the sky
dark pines wear thick coats of snow
blue skies over all

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Mountain time

Sierras, Rockies
young bucks compared to
old granny Catskills.

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Snowbound

Door blocked by drifts, wind
knocks me back. Cold smack of snow
shouts Stay inside, fool.

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Grey day

Desaturated
world caressed by soft, wan light
all sharp edges dulled

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Career change

This is why she can’t
move back East, the cubicle
life too dim, dull, stale.

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Out of the woods

We both had bad dreams
but she’s okay, Portland-bound,
scratching poison oak.

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January thaw

Like skin, snow sags droops
puckers. Tears slide across a
hard crusty surface.

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Snow

So light, delicate.
But under its weight trees crack.
Roofs collapse. Hearts fail.

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Winter storm

Snowfall as music —
light flakes grace notes, blizzard chords
pounded in fury.

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