Sierra Nevadas

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

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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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Lake effect: Upstate New York

Thirty miles away
there’s sunshine. But in the Snow
Belt, it’s two feet deep.

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January thaw

Sodden ground swampy
a mash of leaves, plants, flowers
once distinct, now soup.

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Winter sun

Summer is golden
butterscotch, January
skim milk, thin weak pale.

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Overlooked

Forgotten summer
umbrella aged by winter’s
wig of heavy snow.

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