Winter Graffiti
by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Sneakers rubbing inside rubber
boots sunk deep in snowed mounds
soaking pants and socks and shoes at very last
until we are spent from freeing
icicles from gutter spouts with
crispy mittens for numb-fingered graffiti.

Denim-tucked knee boots tediously carving
desire in a crystal field to read only
if named boys had wings to decipher our
Nazca plateau devotion.

Clogs tossed at the back door for
sloshing to the burn barrel in months
of muddy footprints recording more rain than snow
this weirdly warm winter.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger lives in Hettick, IL. One hundred and thirty-six pieces of her work appear in online and print publications with poetry forthcoming in Kerouac’s Dog Magazine and The Lummox Journal. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us released on October 30, 2011. Some published and new writing may be viewed on her blog It’s All Just Telling Tales Out of School: