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Winter Solstice 2020

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Kathy died on Wednesday,

Nancy on Saturday.

One from broken nerves,

the other a broken heart.

Still this morning the dog came in the dark

rubbed her silky head against my hand

stretched outside the quilt

Looked down at my waking face

and yawned with her wide dog’s mouth

assured of constancy and love.

I dreamed of Nancy and the botany of mushrooms,

how she knelt by a patch of inky caps glowing silver

while opposite her a turtle carried a bowl

of my mother’s chicken noodle soup on its back.

I woke in the cold morning of the dry Taos plateau

and wondered -

Will it snow today?

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