"My snow bank is higher than yours."
This refrain, this relentless winter,
a season of snow measured
in vertical feet.
Despite our whining, the winter offers
woods of magic shadows and light.
The chickadees and blue jays
fill trees with the chattering joy
of their daily rounds.
on eaves and porches,
on the north side of the bird feeders,
the elbows of trees.
what winter is.
Snow and cold
and so much beauty.