It's been a while since I posted a poem. Mostly because I've been absorbed by some amazing prose lately. But it's snowing again and it seems so unjust and I thought of this David Berman poem so pulled it off my bookshelf to read while the other part of my mind tried to construct an argument for eating a protein bar and a hot cross bun for dinner.
Walking through a field with my little brother Seth
I pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.
For some reason, I told him a troop of angels
had been shot and dissolved when they hit the ground.
He asked who had shot them and I said a farmer.
Then we were on the roof of the lake.
The ice looked like a photograph of water.
Why he asked. Why did he shoot them.
I didn't know where I was going with this.
They were on his property, I said.
When it's snowing, the outdoors seem like a room.
Today I traded hellos with my neighbor.
Our voices hung close in the new acoustics.
A room with the walls blasted to shreds and falling.
We returned to our shoveling, working side by side in silence.
But why were they on his property, he asked.