for Boty

especially when it snows
and every tree
has its dark arms and widespread hands
full of that shining angelfood
 
especially when it snows
and every footprint
makes a dark lake
among the frozen grass
 
especially when it snows darling
and tough little robins
beg for crumbs
at golden-spangled windows
 
ever since we said goodbye to you
in that memorial garden
where nothing grew
except the beautiful blank-eyed snow
 
and little Caitlin crouched to wave goodbye to you
down in the shadows
 
especially when it snows
and keeps on snowing
 
especially when it snows
and down the purple pathways of the sky
the planet staggers like King Lear
with his dead darling in his arms
 
especially when it snows
and keeps on snowing

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