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Pictures of Snow

pictures of snow

lapse at spots

to unhide ink

snow no darker

than the sky

grays a raven

bird calls banks

stirs fixed point

drifts into trees

will weigh slender

the raw chink

the rooted frame

the snow’s joints

number the unique

ways to fall

or still branch

or dead leaves

or some rust

raven give us

what falls orthogonal

what aligns vision

photos of ravens

have a gloss

of their own

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Used with the permission of Flood Editions.

Published in John Tipton Poems

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