Driving into a gauze of snowfall, I feel younger than I did at birth. The smile on the face of the
landscape suggests how far the planet is willing to go to please me. But you look sullen in the
passenger seat. You don’t think the elation of weather applies to you. Childhood on a simpler
coast doused you in fog and blinded you to larger expressions in the Sierra Nevada. When the
Donner Party learned about snow they realized that carnivores prowl in our depths and emerge
on demand. You look as desperate and hungry as they did in their moment of apotheosis, but
unlike certain religious people you avoid cannibalism even for the greater good. Not the politics
now in power, however, self-devouring in full-length mirrors. Not the saw-toothed expressions
of celebrities. No, the wit and wisdom of various ages converge in cloud-cover thick enough to
conceal us from each other, at least for another term. Driving on these slick back roads doesn’t
trouble me, but reading your pages as you turn them, reading out of the corner of my eye,
distracts me so the blowing snow looks like exploded speech balloons. What were you saying?
Speak up—the silence of the blizzard deafens me.

 

WILLIAM DORESKI lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He has published three critical studies. His poetry has appeared in many journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His new poetry collection is A Black River, A Dark Fall (Splash of Red, 2018).