It’s another winter’s day in Colorado
Beneath a silver sky
Another winter’s day in Colorado
One blue-sky moment
turns to gentle snow.
Last week the ice was thick
and solid on the lake
Young and old strapped on their blades
to glide and skate.
Sun grew warm, white sky turned blue
green ice turned to clear
And the sign changed to say it wasn’t safe to skate
anymore around here.
Warming earth beneath the gaze
of bright winter sun
The tawny, tan of everything that once was green
only marks the moments between the growing seasons
And the birds that brightly sing,
an early foretaste of Spring.
Shirt-sleeves tempt the hurried
to re-pack the coats,
store the boots and hats and gloves away
Yet like a friendly prank, the breezes shift
and rain begins to mist
And slowly it thickens,
a downy mantle, snowy white.