The sky glowers over the trees till the
furies in the clouds spit a phlegm of
sleet onto the ash, elm, and chestnut,
stately denizens on our street. Our
summer bower of glorious, efflorescing
green soon glistens, hibernal clad,
bleak skeletons of ice. Once genial trees,
now limbs starkly glossy under glass skins,
shiver in the wind, nodding off under chill
blankets. A cannonade of breaking branches
crash onto sidewalks and pavement. Ice
wages war on our pristine, verdant tunnels.
These ice attacks freeze into thought, the
oblivion of me I am borne to. Growth and
decay are woven into my winter coat I wear
toward the door. I am sure I will fall on a
mirror of ice that wants to shatter my bones.
G. Louis Heath, Ph.D., Berkeley, 1969, is Emeritus Professor, Ashford University. His books include Leaves Of Maple, Long Dark River Casino, and Redbird Prof: Poems Of A Normal U, 1969-1981. He has published poems in a wide array of journals, including Poppy Road Review, Third Wednesday, and Indiana Voice Review.