White Sepulcher


© Joanna Parypinski

Here’s a flutter of snowflakes:
the sky hisses a shuddering
breath and heaves—
blows away the autumn leaves,
so down may drift a sea of white
on a frozen sepulcher

hardly hidden in the grass;
all desiccated, withered feelers
slither over rocky earth,
and ghostly echoes
coo against the bright
and glacial air

where snowflakes, soft and fair,
shimmer, weave a sheet
of frosted glass;
coldness settles, silent,
slumbering while the midnight
moonlight wanes—

beneath the ice-dust sprinkled
on the crumbling dirt
lie catacombs,
an ant-maze whispering secrets
to the worms that slouch
through caves of bone;

though deep within you fester,
still the clouds disgorge
anew, and breathy wisps
of cotton build a layer,
fresh and pure
and wet like morning dew,

but decay fathers fools,
veiled beneath the shiny sheen
now lacing bone white tomb.
In spring, there seeds will sow,
while you wait for children’s play
and angels made of snow.

Categories: Writing


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