welcome winter

welcome winter
to the four corners of the yard
pushing brown leaves
against the fence


let it embrace the open-handed
branches of the trees
let it steal over the earth like
early evening, drawing everyone


welcome its cooling touch
to the rooms at the back of the house
facing sunset


feel it breathe through the old windows
feel it hover in the doorways
and in the backs of cabinets


welcome winter
in the color of the stars against
a moonless night


let it raise a still and quiet canopy
over our restless souls.



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