February

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

February

Winter blues, they call it

Though that sounds too cool and minty

For this old, flat, crawling fug

Snow in the windowbox

Peeling garage

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
bloomed

And you drank a beer with dirt under
your nails.

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.

Audio productions provided courtesy of Haggar Audio.

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