Month of Snows Isolation
Cold moon Quiet moon Old moon Death moon
leaves ice land begins to freeze Ice moon
This bell will ring when you see your North Star.
Some days everything is illuminated, on the hillside the paths
sheep have made down the steep slope look like the veins of a leaf.
In the frozen garden, first snowdrops shake pale joy.
Frost descends hard, then we once again become strangers.
The close ways learnt are lost – kissing, hugging, intensity, thrown
back now to the chilly ways of childhood.
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published by Hen Run, Grey Hen Press 2021
(photo Rose Cook)