January Rain

First cousin to mud, soft-shouldered,
I turn to quagmire. Où sont les neiges?

God’s rain on the roof. The house vibrates
from the washing machine’s dervish waltz.

Standing on the porch, I hear a winter wren’s
summertime song: thin boneless notes.

Trunks of locust trees at the edge of the field
have turned green from all the rain.

Green columns glowing in the dim light.
The gray-brown ruin of a woods beyond.

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