The snow can be many things

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Light flakes dancing in the breeze

playfully falling

to become

a pretty white sprinkling

on drowsy lawns

Preparing for winter sleep

 

Lace over the body of the forest

Socks on its feet

 

The stuff of sport

and recreation

playfights

and shoveling

 

A nuisance

Making your eyes water

Whipping your cheeks

Allying with the wind to

Cut your breathing

 

Wetness

As you warm up, inside

 

The heaviness

that bends branches

and makes

roofs

cave in

and shackles the feet

on sidewalks

or across fields

 

A scourge

That fells old trees

Cuts power

Makes you swerve

off the road

fall and

bruise

or break

something

 

A whole landscape

of white

never quite white

pink-fleshed,

blue-sided

sun-gilded

Silver-lit

spring-browned

eventually

 

A change in the air

we breathe

A blanket of calm

an invitation to slow down

 

A sign

of celebrations to come

warm food

soothing drinks

 

A change on the horizon

a change of the horizon

 

The snow, like us

can be many things

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