Having melted the snow above it,
a black stone glistens
in its pit.

All thaws seem abrupt.
Lichens slicked with meltwater
glow a lurid green.

I’m feverish—might I, too,
burn a hole
clear through to spring?

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  1. For what it’s worth, I see that this is the sixth post titled “Thaw” at Via Negativa; Luisa and I have now each written three posts with that title. It’s just a good word, I guess.


    1. Oh good! And I seem to be on the upswing now, so probably today’s effort won’t be as inadvertently inspired.


  2. This is outstanding. Fever so often produces great poems – but I hope you’ll soon be well.


    1. Thanks! I am definitely on the mend now. I’m glad I run low fevers, actually. My mom doesn’t, and her colds last twice as long.


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