Snow Day, an Eight-Liner (for D)

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Snow Day, an Eight-liner (for D)

Brisk walking is what they say
is the best exercise to strengthen
an aging heart, to keep it go-
ing, so let’s go you verb and you

adjective to pump us on through
umber shadows, graphite smudges
of light alive with white drifting
flocons walking me home to you.

(Eight-liners, while related to the Sicilian octave, actually are a form all their own and can be found in the writing of Natalya Gorbanevskaya, poet and Soviet-era dissident who was locked for a time in a psychiatric hospital for her disobedience. Some of her “Eight liners” can be found in Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Selected Poems, translated by Daniel Weissbort.)



Drawing and poem by R Young.


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