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‘Cause I haven’t experienced snow since 6th grade camp and I’m giddy

I’m here in Charlotte beginning my MFA residency.  We actually had a SNOW DAY the first two days. I think I’m going to like the program a lot. Obviously I love the snow. I wrote this while sitting by the window wanting to go outside and frolic.

First Snow

My insides are hot coco and pastoral.
This Southern sojourn is celebration
and self-discovery.

 The anorexic trees have punctured
the grey sky’s jugular.
Invisible leaves leak like a flurry of
dissected capillaries.

My white blood cell count is too high;
the doctor’s diagnosis is not good.  

I’m a seagull lost in a snowstorm.
My psyche is learning to fly.
My arms
                    are virgin feathers.


About Daniel Romo

Author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene's Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). I'm partial to prose poems. Alliteration. And fragments.

4 responses »

  1. I’ll echo the welcome to the East Coast and add a hope you survive the experience. >:D Your choice of words adds that feeling of discomfort and awe at an unanticipated Southern snowfall… love the jugular line especially.

  2. I love the last stanza! Welcome to the East Coast. 🙂 Hope you’ve at least made a snowball…


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