Distant Winter Star

The sun is at its coldest

a most distant




in late December

rays that come late and barely linger

long enough for a brief kiss of light

it is enough for this snow enfolded space

to welcome the illumination

no matter how transient


The winter sun gleams through the undressed maples, ashes, and oaks

from its place low in the purple hued sky

flickering through the frosted air it penetrates the dense evergreen yew

it finds the eye of the cardinal before she lifts off

the branch waving, disrupting the morning repose

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