Reflections on an election
Frozen rain and snow Three inches deep Not only the house is white But all the world Is white and black and lovely. White and black in hard edged curves Cruelly describe all the flowerbeds And frame the woods and Road And box the creek. Two shades have written all the world: The blanketing sky; Huge white field; Narrow rock lined path. All things are eventually stilled: Leaves of oak, blades of fescue, Embedded grains of slate and quartz And one or two free floating snow flakes. Yes the world is written in sharp exhaustive clarity The treachery of this hardness is such That to move or to stand Is to feel the impending fall.