scratching surface
yields cooler ground.

Winter’s deeper—reach
down beneath the frost line—
warm as worms.

Lick a finger in the wind.
We know nothing.
But the dogs
plant their bellies
in a temperate zone.


About the Poet:
Pamela Joyce Shapiro is a cognitive psychologist intrigued by memory and language. She teaches psychology in Philadelphia and writes poetry to capture moments otherwise forgotten.


Photo by Stecosa.


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