I remember, before the snow started,
thinking I wish it would start. The sky darkened
shadow on shadow. The cats, as usual,
slept through the morning. Then snow so heavy that even
my father, who was a kind of Noah—all resolve and solitude,
cabinetry and salt—couldn't have steadied me. I remember—
and this was back when the sham fortune-teller sat
turning over cards, saying you will be lonely—
thinking it could be worse. Thinking loneliness
is nothing more than a cotton slip
and uncombed hair. A path you dig in the snow
once the snow has stopped. Thinking then let it begin.
Crazyhorse Fall 2012
Copyright © 2012 by Karin Gottshall
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission