Sitting Down to Snow
Soft silent gathering,
snow steals into the night,
slowly covers the bare ice
lying thick along the paths,
and branches dip with new weight.
We sit to wait out the storm.
A still cover drapes the pine's mantle
like a long table set with silver
laid out on green leaves and brown
branches, chairs drawn back as if
waiting for some master
to dine at our cold feast
but only more snow arrives,
a fantasy in silence like
an unexpected cascade of linen,
fine white curtains pulled gently
aside framing our vision
of a fire-warmed hut in the forest.
A small blaze sighs behind us
as the scene blurs beneath more drifts
starting to collect at the corners
of the yard, our footprints slowly
fading into the night.
We retire to sleep out the storm.
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New York from the Hudson River
Through a thicket of bittersweet
and porcelainberry, the outline
of towers rises above the shore,
chiseled in its heft, its square
blocks rising from the sinuous swirl
of marshy wetlands with herons
stepping timidly in search of small
fish, that distant jumble of human
rookeries, that hive of movement,
that warren wherein lives are lostó
out here the brown thickets hide
wrens and rustling wings seeking
late berries, the strand glistens
with a greenish cast of algae, fresh
water runs out to meet the sea
the light reflecting into my hooded
eyes, I smell dirt and crushed sageó
the distant city glows white and silent
in its wavering image, distinct from
all of us stepping, creeping beings
together along the river in autumn.
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EMILY STRAUSS has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. STRAUSSí poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. The natural world is generally Emilyís framework; she also considers the stories of people and places around her and personal histories. EMILY STRAUSS is a semi-retired teacher living in California.