Old Woman Waking

IMG_20150512_170531Early that mourning

the snow left

her hair

a tangled field

of dry dead grass.

Cracks in her path

left scars on her skin-

soles of hard stones.

Her back bowed

like a bough

tombed with

weight of ice

and age.

But beauty throws back

the cold white cover

and she unbends

her year

to a soft song

from

somewhere

down

the

way.

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