Lorraine Capparell  © 2007 All Rights Reserved

False Spring

Frost, again, brittles the grass,
darkens the reckless bud.

Our breaths: a kind of weather
we make between us, partly cloudy.
We skirt the pond’s icy cap—

eyeing the single glove, its handless
caress, frozen against a branch.

Elizabeth Austen
Copyright © 2007


Elizabeth Austen’s commentaries on Pacific Northwest poetry readings can be heard every Monday on “The Beat” on KUOW, 94.9, public radio. Her poems have appeared in journals including the Bellingham Review, Swivel, the Seattle Review and Switched-on Gutenberg. Her audio CD, skin prayers, is available on her Web site, www.elizabethausten.org.

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