Vigil

No ten thousand people
Not even ten thousand times ten thousand
Can return to life the six Muslim men
Killed by a single malicious man
But we stand in the cold listening
With silent incomprehension
To a prayer offered to the dead
Behind us two men chant
In rhythms with the speaker
And to our left two small children
Laugh as they play in the snow
Oblivious to the growing crowd
Because they have not been taught
To hate
Yet

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(for Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou,  Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane)

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5 AM Fresh Fallen Snow

Thump! Rattle! Rumble!
Grating! Humming! Beep! Beep! Beep!
Scrape. Plough. Grind. Repeat.

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The Joke of Hope

Frigid silhouettes
Against the grey morning sky
Show the overreach
Hope from last summer’s rushed growth
Mocked by this winter’s cold winds

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Which I—for a while—was one

Was I perhaps wrong
Not to have dreams hopes and plans
For you who seemed full
Of bright desires of your own
Which I—for a while—was one

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My wintertime companions

Every morning
Sun lighting icy branches
I hear them exclaim
My wintertime companions
Birds rejoicing in this hour

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Nothing Really

What is there to say
About the alley snow white
With white steam rising
Softly from the dryer vents
Two delicate seahorses

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Haiku (Variations)

Snow laces the trees
While ice binds the city streets
To a quiet crawl

Soft snow laces trees
Up—hard ice ties city streets
Down—everywhere hushed

Up above—laced trees
Down below—calm ice-bound streets
Between—peaceful walk

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For Now (New Year’s Day 2017)

Back home on the back balcony
The sun breaking through the blue
The cold wind of New Year’s Day
Excites yesterday’s snow into life
Sharpens memories
Of you sitting wrapped
x    And warm beside the fire
Of our parting embrace
x    My arms around your tiny frame
x    Your face beautiful and old
x    Pressed against my chest
x    My lifetime contained within yours
For now
x    The heart you gave me beats next to yours
For now
x    The breath you breathed into me we share
For now

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for FMG

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