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Poetry Friday: "Winter" by Charmaine Cadeau

What You Used to Wear, Charmaine CadeauDid you know there was an Olympics going on right now? A winter Olympics? We know, we were surprised too! Where was the warning? Why did no one tell us? 

Anyhootles, for Poetry Friday, we thought we'd get somewhat in the spirit of the snowy sporting events going on right now in South Korea with an on-topic poem. However, the closest we could come was "not very close."

That said, please enjoy Charmaine Cadeau's haunting "Winter" from her 2004 collection What You Used to Wear.


Along tight vistas, streets of painted houses,
he tips into the wind and snow, a portrait

of fidelity. His black umbrella shades him
from the searching gods, ignorant of this disguise.

A dilated pupil, a syncopated note on a staff,
the terrestrial pole around which others move down

the sidewalks, scarved chests, coattails drawn out.
Pelting their faces, snowflakes melt on contact.

Charmaine Cadeau poems Poetry Friday

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