February Snowfall


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the last flash
of winter
dropped on us
last night
with all the delicacy
of powdered wool

it hung lightly
even on the willow branches
— those lithe tendrils
that hang in February vertically down
like Magdalen’s hair
ready for wiping tears

there is a poise
a stagecraft here
a gratuitous use
of the Artist’s brush
catching in the stillness
such brief and casual glory


© Ralph Wright, O.S.B.
February, 2006