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EMILY STRAUSS : Sitting Down to Snow
EMILY STRAUSS : New York from the Hudson River

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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.