Poets’ Corner: Midwinter

At 4:45 the sun edges

through a loose nest

of branches, sets

behind a snow bank,

slipping out early

after its brief appearance

in today.  But it still dazzles,

like a pearl set in diamonds

on the white breast of a girl

at a charity bazaar.  Pretty,

but with a forced smile,

she leans in close,

gets me to take

one more chance

on spring.

Warren Woessner is the senior editor of Abraxas magazine and a part-time resident of Edgartown. His most recent poetry collection is “Clear All the Rest of the Way” (Backwaters Press).