Heart, My Box of Snow

By Rebecca Hoogs Rebecca Hoogs
made it to Florida   
and then I went for a walk.   
The frog pond is half-iced over.   
I chucked a stick at it—   
still thin. On the white side,   
the wind twirled a leaf around   
like a prepubescent figure skater   
who’s given up her childhood   
to get here. Of course, the leaf   
was wearing its practice costume   
of browns, the whole world   
offed of spangles as I am   
offed of you. Why   
mail snow? Just to show   
I could keep it cold   
in so much heat.

Source: Poetry (May 2006).


This poem originally appeared in the May 2006 issue of Poetry magazine

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May 2006
 Rebecca  Hoogs


Rebecca Hoogs is the author of a chapbook, Grenade (2005) and her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Florida Review, and others. She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (2004) and Artist Trust of Washington State (2005). She is the Director of Education Programs and the curator and host for the Poetry Series for Seattle Arts & Lectures.

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