February: snow drops and real toads


2016 01 09_0010_edited-1 snowdrop

image: snowdrops by a darkened house, 2016


snowdrops and toads

can freeze solid and later

melt into life and beauty . . .

In January, snowdrops

rise above brown of earth

or white of snow when

sky is winter-blue

pale, washed-out like the


February cold plummets

my weather station

storms rage against windows

trees twist to

escape sting of

ice-pelleted snow

piled up against fences

weighing down cedars

covering gardens with

winter’s mulch

in slight-sun warmed corner

of house by drafty windows

radiant heat melts snow

before February ends and

there are the snow drops

un-crusted from icy cover

like toads melt in spring-time

both alive after

February’s cold fury


Composed for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: February (January 9, 2016)


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