Winter's Wonderland
A Golden Shovel Poem
by Candace Turner

“Bone-Pale, the recent snow fastens like fur to the river.”
from Early December in Croton-on-Hudson, by Louise Glück

December, the trees bone-pale.
This yearly strip-tease earlier than the
year’s prior. I wished for snowfall as recent
as yesterday.  Barren branches covered with snow.

It’s wondrous how each flake fastens
itself to cold branches. It must feel like
a welcome gift, a coat of warm fur.
Let’s brave the weather and walk to
see the beauty of soft snow, the
little islands of ice, floating down the river.


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