Produced by Dennis Camire
This week’s poem by Patricia Smith Ranzoni is one section of a long cycle depicting Maine fall through spring. It was previously published in Ranzoni’s second collection, “Settling,” by Puckerbrush Press in 2000.
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By Patricia Smith Ranzoni
Word of snow
From Greenville north. Rumford
And Cutler west and east. T.V. young-
sters forecasting weathers don sweaters
As for a fashion show they’d best
Dress right for.
Lay layers out in night-before ritual.
Thermal, thick, to wick away chill.
Letters to editors
Debate the whys among those
Who remember those who don’t. Relying
On themselves for their families’ meat
The ones who remember why and how
Rise to hope, rigging themselves
In inherited outfittings, set out
Under dawn’s surrendering moon.
Before they return, shots will, dread-
ed and realized and received
With a reverent fear recognized only
By stock believing who they, still, are.
Others cry for same reasons.
A fine snow veil
Settles through each view
So even those who feel sure
They know the way
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