Mary Ellen Gabriel is a freelance writer who lives with her family in Madison. She didn’t grow up in Wisconsin, and those first winters took a toll, but her poem February is a vivid response to the winter blues. — Fabu
Winter blues, they call it
Though that sounds too cool and minty
For this old, flat, crawling fug
Snow in the windowbox
Funny how a view can bring you down
Remind you of nothing more
Than the day before
When afternoon seeped out of the cracks
in the sidewalk
And you sat at the kitchen table looking
out at the patio
Where, last spring, red and yellow tulips
And you drank a beer with dirt under
Fabus is Madison's Poet Laureate. Adult poets are invited to submit poems of twenty lines or less to Fabu@poetfabu.com for possible publication in Madison Magazine.
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