Winter Gray

Winter Frost Winter Frost Rain, wind

Sleety cold,

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Wraps

Thinly laid rays of light

In shades of gray on gray.

Pigeons hunch

Huddled, round

Against a rooftop slate

While saplings bend

Before the wind

Thin legs barely

Keeping pace.

(Marie Hunter Atwood --1999)

The First Gift of Christmas

Sea Shell