FINAL JOURNEY OF THE WINTER WIND

by Barbara Tate (USA)

In the presence of absence
diamond dust settles on the breath of a sparrow
nestling inside herself awaiting
the final snowflake and the last journey of the winter wind.

The breeze loses itself in the noon of night
lost in the middle of nowhere, trapped
in a dizzying vortex of rainbow ice. The sparrow
nestles deeper and waits the last night of winter.

In the presence of absence
the sparrow waits.

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