by Ferral Willcox
When the snow is sudden and light and makes a bare hint of an outline on the world,
showing the world to be impure
the tracewist fell, a diagnosis, the land’s in a cancer and cannot rest, the dancer turned out of the dance to mud and rubble, cast off post-consumption, the meadow made to lie down for the plow until the tracewist fell, a light cool touch on the exhausted ground, a promise, soon, the long drum and blanket, and rest, and rest.
2. Bride of the limb
When the snow is heavy and wet and married to surfaces
If you are in the way of such a snow, she will love you. The broken branch, the plastic trash, every aspect of coal and ash, touched, and if you are birch or lonely post, you’re taken off to church with all the world in the way of such a snow. If you were unknown in the wood, a mere trellis of such unthunder as passed for a scratch, a hint of distraction in a patch of grass, prepare to be wed by the Bride of the limb. All known all-chosen in snow.
3. dove’s dress
Snow that sings as it flies
Remember this: a broom’s wish, best, a song unsettled from a startled nest, the underskirt of lyric white sings to offspring left in twig and ice, dove’s dress fluttered in sudden draft lifts in flight from this, the crest of heaven’s breath. Remember this: your mother left in fright singing secrets of regret.
4. Ghost of forest past
a snow that seems to fall on unseen shapes, evoking a landscape that no longer exists
when once she was wild with tree and unwrapped from glass, snow fell upon her in a tryst, and she glistened then with lust and frosted tips of fir and birch. But now the snowmade homes disperse in a concrete curse; now alone, the snow remembers her.
the friendly surroundings disappear in snow when the sky is white
She disappeared. White into white, dark from dark. Hitched her petticoats up in fists and booted off post-haste into Les Cloches de Saint-Exupere, leaving the quiet city behind her to unravel its demented fits in dreams. The diamond died, still in the mine.
I tried to find her. but the white storm turned familiar hills to sky, horizon hid in hillshroud. I knew she loved that line.
The future of jewels is uncertain. The breeze that blows cannot carry them home, as it can the stars of snow from me to her, however it is she hides.
the second snow of the season, falling only in altitude without impact in the valley towns
It is snow in a scapular patch, neatly flipped up on the mountain’s top, a scrap of storm sewn into quilted landscape, domesticated weather as it decorates the mayor’s foyer, picture perfect hillscap, measuring just a few inches more than the year before.
7. baker’s floor
A dusting of snow, a light powder, that blows up in the wind
A sudden whiff of soup, chicken lentil and mystery, gusts up a day’s story from the baker’s floor, infiltrates cracks in the flatbread of mastery, spins a myth to ignite the white math of wind.
8. queen’s grief
a sudden, unexpected snow covered quickly with a thin polish of ice
In the time of fine china and pearl, enamel thin and brittle, still strong as stone and etched in bone real braille, not sadness, but an edict of it, witnessed and sealed, and the young sent off stalking with the Royal Consort at Balmoral; the queen’s grief swiftly and silently fell.
9. porcelain down
a sheet of snow covering a flat field once used for sport or battle
The field is done with the sport of war, has given up the ghost of grid, released from cults of more and territory, turf spar and parry, combustion fast, falling blast, drone borne bomb to quarry, all now buried here.
It was the soldier, at last that stopped it, one day, just walked away, gathered up the flags, the undone drums, explosions, applause, orgasms of cheers, of force and torture. His eyes, he knew, would never see again as they did when he was young; but his child, he swore, his boy, would never set foot on this field, now covered with porcelain down.
Porcelain down, the thin and brittle sheet of grief, will always fall on the corpse of more wherever it dies, from sport or war.
10. breath of Ptarmigan’s child
a scant snow on a deeper snow adding a light motion at the surface
Shadow of a shed feather, snowprint of the spirit of a twig, whiteshade shift of a minute, beak black speck in a blizzard of acres, the turn of all tundra in the breath of Ptarmigan’s child.
a warm, wet snow, falling in flower-sized flakes on a moonless night
Sky gardens of winter’s trillium, falling petals of stars, trace out descending smiles, drift up, slip down, drift up, night-blooming into blankets for the dreaming ground.
In trilleblanc, the widow sleeps, her hair undone, her hand dropped down touches root borne visions come unbound.
long days and nights of a tiny particulate snow falling on dry drifts and influenced by a
hint of wind, light, but steady, until the landscape is entirely changed without any
From the flicker and stutter of indoor power, all outside appears grey aquarium as alcrept comes, tint click specks at glass, crustacean ticks on seafloor, quilts of scripture unsutured into scraps and patches, now adrift in endless waves of zikr
Old as sturgeon, listed tenets of religion, liturgies of fishes form and unform in requiems of themselves, as grey layered currents shift whole histories in minutes. In alcrept, let the activist rest, as the delicate drift persists, unlit, undriven
When we wake, in a fortnight, all will be changed, and no shot fired, no severed heads, no one jailed, no congress entrained.
Bright white flakes that dissolve just before they touch surfaces
We are lost. Half-lint, half-light, half-life – it is as if there is a kiss suspended just above the warm lip of every small god begging. But she will not suffer touch; this mistress, icinder, hovers in near miss and transubstantiates a sacrifice, body of christ, body if christ, to essence: starlight caught in the endless instant of loss.
when snow collects in small intervening spaces like scraps of lace in irish basements
We found the addict, cold, too late for trystice, medicine of the forest floor, fallen fir tine splinters intersticed in spits of curses on the white races.