Snowflakes in Wind

by Kevin T McEneaney

Since there are ten quintillion molecules

of water in a typical snowflake,

they are unwilling to be alike as

you or I, yet they appear to be

more attractive, symmetrical dendrites

with six arms (usually), while we have

four appendages with mobility,

and like us are constantly creative.

They can form needles, prisms, and columns

which delight the sculptor in children.

We form small groups of friends, acquaintances,

like a mound of snowdrift in a cold wind.

With warmer weather these “mounds” melt

bequeathing bare loss that we have all felt.

Kevin T McEneaney

Author of The Enclosed Garden, Longing, and other books
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