Nothing Like It Before
by Tyrel Kessinger

We were spoiled by the meekness
of a weak winter
and so when the wind bit our skin
and the floor of the earth hardened
and the white ash of a non-existent volcano
fell like fine powdered madness
we wondered what hackles
of what frost god
we’d raised in anger
The talk of the town is a common kind
everyone proclaims they’ve seen nothing like it before
though I wonder
if every year can hold something seen like nothing before

and when I spilled myself
on the frozen stage of the driveway
I bit my tongue and warmed myself
with the heat of raw blood
I laughed at the suddenness of it all
the snowflakes committing suicide
in the canyon of my open mouth
their sacrifice soothing my pain
and in their honor
I stretched my arms to carve a snow angel
I knew would be gone within the hour

Copyright 2019 by Red River Review. First Rights Reserved. All other rights revert to the authors.
No work may be reproduced or republished without the express written consent of the author.