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Winter Haikai

daggers attached
to the roof melt on the snow
icicle river

handlebar black and
white mustache icicles
kiss daddy’s ice lips

four hockey gloves
jab white sweaters bloody
penalty box beer

four ski poles in snow
snow plow down baby moguls
two skiers lay in bed

thirty-six degrees Fahrenheit
sun thaws lake ice to four inches
snowmobile under ice

one thousand ankles
cross the Red Sea on ice
Cecil DeMille movie

the sun melts your truth
six-feet under the snow
your moon makes new snow

Spot’s snout in white snow
scents fall secrets in brown grass
jowl pukes yellow snow

full urn on the shelf
gather at weeping willow
ashes bring new year

Robert Fleming lives in Lewes, DE, USA. Published in United States, Canada, and Australia. Member of the Rehoboth Beach, Eastern Shore, and Horror Writer’s Association. 2021 nominated for Pushcart Prize by Ethel Zine and 2021 double nominated for best of the net by Devil’s Party Press. 2019 nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Stonewall Legacy. 1983 winner of a student journalism award for a Duran Duran concert review in the Brandeis University newspaper The Justice.


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