December snow settles on spruce
and hemlock, swollen flakes
forming a heavy mantle. Pliant limbs
bend, silently accepting layer upon layer.
A wash of rain dissolves
winter’s finery, elegance?
now plain. I mourn fleeting splendor
until my searching heart once again sees
a vibrant, green sisterhood,
her profusion of arms thrust
into the pallid sky, giving praise
for this ordinary day.
• Diane DeSloover is a transplant from California to Juneau, where she sometimes misses dry, unchanging weather. But she will trade a desert for a rainforest any day.
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