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1. Early November, one inch
While the flowers were still in bloom
snow fell
Frozen white
against the yellow warmth of the petals

2. Mid November, flurries
Wintry day
Early snow
Time to let the autumn go

Early snow
Wintry day
Still need to rake the leaves away

3. Thanksgiving Day, 5 inches
I stayed home for Thanksgiving
walled in by snow

4. Right after Thanksgiving, 5 inches
Walking to the mailbox
after the snow storm,
the world clean still mounds of white.
In your warm winter boots
you don’t mind moving through the deep soft snow.
The neighbor has already shoveled,
so you step to the sidewalk,
clear, except
there’s a patch of ice
slippery
invisible
and the world flies out from under you.

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