the sharp pierce of stars

bundled up and snow-crunch walking
on sidewalks cleared to varying degrees
in the perfmafrozen snowpacked state
where even though plowed, the streets are coated
in a layer of packed and pressed down snow
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the pot of hand-harvested and processed
wild rice steaming in a pot
from which we spoon out servings
in the center of the table
at ann and kevin’s place
in the candlelight because the overheads aren’t working
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how we pause
on the walk home
though the dogs are waiting
to take in the sharp pierce
of stars