In the brittle chill the brilliant sun
sings in radiation's tongue
of morning and winter.
Unshoveled snow ossified into
undulating perfidious ripples;
feet skitter perilously seeking purchase.
Friendship Park, through salt-stained Plexiglas:
a moonscape of foot-shaped craters
rimed in metamorphic crags,
five thousand crunching footfalls --
five thousand strophes unrequited --
etched on unlined parchment,
score an inchoate symphony,
the crescendi and diminuendi of which
reach skyward then drift.
A child in quilted down,
hatted and scarved and mittened,
chinned down against the wind's lechery,
leans into his passage
like a conductor his orchestra,
studied in his mute adamance,
attuned to his vain endeavor:
to nurse from each note its frigid beauty
to find in a stagger its dance.
Pressed into stoops' sun-lee corners
upset pyramids of ice-rimmed snow
lay neatly in the shape of their shade.
House after house thus adorned
with winter's diamond jewelry,
their recessed pointing limn their beauty
like symmetrical grooves a grande dame's visage
against the glow of her glistening eyes,
her gown's shimmering lyric,
the caternary elegance
of pearls to flatter
its plunging decolletage:
curves implicit in curves
complicit in curves dancing circles
around Euclidian formality.
In chaos a suggestion of order,
in winter a whisper of spring.
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