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Minnesota Winter

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Minnesota winter touches
and will not be denied;
she rushes into noses on peppermint wind,
and grabs bare wrists and earlobes.
Unrolling yards of white lace
and smoothing the lakes with ice,
she lays a frozen tea. Can you feel your invitation
sneaking, graceful, through the glass?

Minnesota winter is a hugger.
With dark and months-long arms
she holds us to her snowy breast
and may not know the strength of her own squeezing.
Yet not unkind,
she smiles down in clearest sunrays,
painting blue and glitter shapes across the park,
swaddling our over-busyness in silence.


Gifting

stillness

and only the crunching march

of this journey.


Turning windows golden in the night,
she settles in for the loving season.
Rocking time’s cradle she croons,
singing seed lullabies
and knitting silver booties for Spring.

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