than snow
by Roger Desy

you have the smallest hands than buds

on seedlings have you have them smaller

than the hands of seeds in the hands
of grass you have than the rain has

abandoned to their own exquisite purpose

snapping at tassels in the dust and haze

swallows carry erratic moths to eaves
beyond the fallow edge of the distracted fields

till squalls cover the excess pollen and waste grain

and settle their barbaric clarity
over an insulated chrysalis

you have the smallest hands than rain

or buds or beads on grass or bits of leaf
or snow on snow you have the smallest hands

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 22, Issue 3.

Roger Desy taught literature and creative writing at Duquesne University, edited technical manuals at Westinghouse, helped revive and repurpose a neglected one-room schoolhouse as a venue for readings/music/community programs, raised a family that now raises itself, and wrote and writes poems. His poems have appeared in Blue Unicorn, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

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