Poet’s Corner: Ice Fog

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2007

On the inhale,

the fog’s rise.

It rolls, belly up under

a frozen sky

slow flanks bunching,

washing out the pearl moon and

dampening the sun’s points until

the spruce branches thicken,

hoary needles softened like

the mustaches of old,

old men.

A beluga spume, the river’s breath

rings the cottonwoods in quiet,

settles deep on the

thin-branched birches.

The Kenai, suddenly still,

exhales with the tide,

lungs cracking.

I start at the sound,

a sudden moment

of white on white

on ice.

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