Nearly Six

by Kevin T. McEneaney

     for Cameron

Hush! He is prancing, frolicking in snow:

More like a striped chipmunk than squirrel.

Tossing snow in air, falling like a veil

removed from upright arm, teeth-smiling face.

He lives in fluff-joy of scattering snow.

With bucket he makes ad-hoc snow castles—

sixteen towers randomly dot back yard

like relics of an enigmatic cult

before the advent of written language.

Snowy whiteness expands to horizon

like a blank page which Nature will fulfill

just as I scribe this page with musings.

Freed from the idea of mortality,

he has no concept of immodesty.

Types of snowflakes
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