Jenny Bornholdt

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Snow drifts in
to rest
among our short, practical

There are new kinds of cold
to learn, new kinds
of clothes and talk.

As the bus winds up
the children practise
their snow vocabulary:

Ridge Run
         The Boulevard
                  High Traverse
                           Tom’s Drop
                                    Wedding Knob
                           Cross Roads
                  Easy Off
         Shirt Front
                           Wind Swept
                  High Traverse
         Powder Bank
                  Sun Run
                           Lower Sutton
                  Snow Mat
                                    The Chair

At night, a quiet
horse, white
as you-know-what,
moves out from the trees
to shadow us
down the road.

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