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A violet light addressed the snow
(impressed, caressed, suggestshe, I, you) belongs to 1971,
when, after stubbing a Jay
smoked in the furnace room
of mom & dad's, drifted
out & down into woods, to
the stream imperfectly frozen
(stilled, cracked, shattered),
ice plates like crockware stacked
in the mini-culverts, hard on
successive mini-falls.
Snow fluffed (ruffed, bungled,
violent, voluble, silent)
& the rest is snow.

Jeffrey Skinner

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