Love Poem Relying on an Ethnographer’s Myth

Lynn Domina


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Here is the word for snow
rising with a gust, one flake settling
onto a lower lip;
and here are the words
for snow falling upon a hedge, distinguishing
each twig, snow coating a ledge
marked with the three-pronged prints of chickadees,
the triangle resting in birch branches,
caught in spruce;

the months, their proper nouns separating the last
flurries from the first,
the verb indicating a last snow melting early
into the seed, the arced stem, the yellow flash of crocus;

the difference between snow on Christmas and on Epiphany,
snow casting light onto a photographed façade
and a photograph of snow;

the forms of angels in a backyard, snow dancing
on the hooded heads of children;

the adjective applied to northern constellations obscured by snow
or snow obscured through steam
drifting from the morning’s first coffee
brought to you in bed
on a tray with marmalade and buttered toast.

Receive these words, this world
billowing, raucous, abundantly falling.



"Love Poem Relying on an Ethnographer's Myth" originally appeared in Poetry Northwest.


Lynn Domina was born and raised in Michigan, and she currently resides in the Catskill region of New York. She has published one book of poetry, Corporal Works, and a reference book, Understanding "A Raisin in the Sun." Her poems appear in recent issues of Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, and many other periodicals. [email]