Late This December

The sky
spits snow flakes at
an angle you embrace
from the warmth of your apartment.

all of
it. Till you risk
everything, layer up,
go outside where the real poems

their fate.
Do you dare dig
one out with the toe of
your left running shoe? Pick it up,
hold it

in your
gloved hand, tuck it
into the inner breast
pocket of your extreme cold, red

What you
salvage indoors
from the thaw will become
your next savage scream to scratch the

to study its
contents. Even nothing
left means you’ve captured the sum of
this now.

Trigger Point

I take
this—my lefty
self—to the floorboards to
remember how dance was once the

the space
to tuck into
last night’s vision of my
duende and guardian angel

out in
the alley. The
temperature having
dropped below sinister, they were

to keep
warm. Open stairs
elevate the terror
to a new plateau where I stage
the old

did she
jump or was she
pushed penultimate act,
gravity and geometry
at work.

Blinds that
open crooked
or not at all, need a
new way to exercise our right
to light.

December Girls

No snow.
You see a real
cardinal on the trail
on your birthday in the last month
of this

warped year.
Red light flashing
everywhere, nowhere to
go, the slower the pendulum
swings. Let’s

call it
lento. Let’s pause
to notice the hidden
truth—stray mountains of dirty snow
leave proof

of odd
October storms,
escape the thaw. No, let’s
call it rubato. How we’re all

time. Born
into one of
the darkest nights to one
of the darkest days in this, the

of years,
these latest fall
babies brood all the way
open. Not even winter yet.
The wait

to hear
it loud and clear,
December girls, not boys,
sing a subtler perched beauty one
branch up.

Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge Redux (with Ashbery and Armajani Both Gone)

Are you
a dove or a
pigeon? Do you drive, or
are you driven to say what we
must be

in a broken
Ashbery kind of way?
It is so much like a bridge for

make it
running away.
Longest poem in this
world, spans 16 lanes of traffic
both ways.

What I
take for granted
extends beyond metal
letters. Time to pay attention

Most Invasive Species

Last night’s
hazy dream, was
it a big rig or freight
train we almost crashed into? You

the wheel.
Me shouting your
name to turn it or do
whatever it is you drivers
do to

collisions. I
felt no motion sickness
the way I would awake inside
a large

a half million beating
wings undulating across the
dusk sky.

It’s not
their fault they’re here.
Blame the Shakespeare-obsessed
drug maker who released 60
of them

Central Park in
1890. And please
do not call that tiny saw-whet
owl found

that giant spruce
a stowaway. It was
her home before it was chopped down,
tossed on

a truck
to become the
Rockefeller Center
Xmas tree. Refugee is more
like it.