IN A SPOTLESS SHROUD

by Jnana Hodson

frost again, but this year’s foliage cosmetics
stay corked . the twist, of course
is late-season green leaves get knocked
to the floor by snow and rain
before turning color . the same thing
happens prematurely . except for that
they could be cranberries or pumpkins

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you won’t find me in a camouflage suit
out hunting squirrels or even deer

still, Mount Washington already
floats all day in a spotless shroud

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I just can’t tell
if it’s a sprig with leaves
or a strand of twinkle lights
she holds
across her chest

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Copyright 2015

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