by Jeffrey Alfier
copyright © 2001
Ludlow Press Poetry
Forest - you are damp with undeceived time.
The winter's snow-dappled lanes of starlight
weave a formidable strength against the
white-shrouded years' labyrinthine distance, where
your branches watched beasts dance in fury
beneath the moon's frozen cirrus angels
while cold anger turned magical stillness.
In darkness and silence you etch the sky.
You hear the shadowed earth spend well the night.
Your peace cleanses bitter dreams, Ardennes.
- near Arlon, Belgium, November, 1998
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