Blizzard by Joan McNerney



Blizzard



O wonderful emergency!



Silver needles spin for hours

weaving tapestries to drape

rooftops sidewalks streets.

Millions of icicles delicately

arranged on lamp posts

along metal railings

around cornices.





White magic prayed for by children.

A spell shutting down school

making way for snow fights.





Perfect opportunity to burrow

longer in bed. Be late for work.

Appearing un-businesslike

in rough clothes.





Snow crystals cover all

stains and blemishes.

Each windowpane

becomes a

miniature museum

of fine line etchings.



We are snapped awake by frost.

Our woolen gloves full of lace.

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