Donald Levering


The wind would take me to bed
in the snow. Since I stay standing,
it tries to turn me into the statue
of a frostbitten man.

*    *    *    *    *

Hands in my armpits, I picture
the Lear jet in the news,
cruising the eternal cirrus
on autopilot, its windows
iced over inside, its pilots
not hearing the blizzard of signals
pleading response, their hearts
solid fists in their chests,
the plane unveering,
dogged by the Air Force
until its fuel is spent
and it crashes in North Dakota.

*    *    *    *    *

Stiff with the cold, the gears
of my bus whine
as they churn, taking me back
to my marriage of many years.

From the book manuscript, Sweeping The Skylight

Date of Birth: June 19, 1949
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Occupation: Human Services Administrator
Books: Six books, the two most recent are: The Fast of Thoth, Pudding House, 2002 and Horsetail, Woodley, 2000
Awards: NEA Fellowship

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