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That was the afternoon

we watched the avalanches—

dozens and dozens of them

flowing over the cliff bands.

How beautiful they were

from a distance—

bright falls of billowing snow.

They began as dark rumble,

then burst into plume, into rush.

Unstoppable they were.

Powerful. Inevitable.

Such a gift to feel humbled,

to exult in forces

greater than our own.

 

Later that night, reading

the tumbling graphs,

the sliding accounts,

the unforgiving reports,

I began to understand

the scale of the cliff.

 

And as everything

I thought I knew

slid over the escarpments

of comprehension,

how clear it all became.

What really matters.

How we’re all in this together.

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Eleven Shades

the map is shrinking
still, all tremble, we plot
the points that remain

*

in the rush,
in the roar, in the rumble
the silence after

*

I hate white
this is no confession
I hate it

*

the body, crushed,
lungs, crushed, shape of a man
dug up

*

not my nephew,
not my blood, still
these tears

*

howl turns to yelp
turns to gurgle turns
to snow catching sun

*

where in my body
is there white? how
might I forgive it

*

out from under,
this struggle, we take turns,
sometimes it’s personal

*

sometimes the white says
don’t come near me, sometimes it sings
your name

*

I did not read
the obituary, only your letter
black scratch on white

*

blank page, blank page,
white cloud, white skull, white slope
another blank page

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