Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

snow day

Posted on | February 21, 2010 | Comments Off on snow day

The truest thoughts are those that contradict themselves,
she said, and laughed at the idea that snow melts
into ice melts into water melts into air
melts into our lungs, where we cannot follow.

We cannot follow. We are bundled and hesitant.
We take hostage of our heat, and we repeat
the truest lie: that a thing being impossible
is more reason why it must be done.

This smoothed out world, coated in soft bones,
might snow us over if we hadn’t learned
that blankness always deceives, and
fresh starts are continuations in disguise.


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