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The woods are hollow. The snow
crisp but too full of sharp echo.
Whiteness cascades, the sparkle
distracts: all that suffocating
cover. But that’s insulation,
they say. That’s the shell
of protection. Subnivean.
Rest assured, warm mud lusts
beneath all frost that dazzles.
Really? What a stereotype
of winter: the pristine over
the primal. Spare me.
Layer upon layer as frosted
shield of silence when silence
is just another sign for what was
removed. White out / wipe out.
I miss the sound of wolves.
Of bobcat chortle. Of backyard
coyotes yapping over their field-
mouse find. Yipping like hurrah.
Not yelps in the clamp of trap,
of capture, of final confinement. No.
A celebration. Here I am. Here, I exist.
Michelle Menting’s poems, lyric essays, and flash nonfictions have appeared or are forthcoming in EcoTheo Review, SWWIM, Fourth River, Radar Poetry, New South, Bellingham Review, and others. She is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) as well as two poetry chapbooks, and has received awards and recognition for her written work from the Sewanee, Bread Loaf, the National Park Service, and other honors. Originally from the upper Great Lakes where she grew up the youngest of 12 siblings in a ramshackle cabin on the edge of a national forest, she lives in Maine and teaches at the University of Southern Maine.