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Heart, My Box of Snow

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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)

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