Footprints in the Snow: A Poem
Footprints in the snow
and movie scenes that rewind
inside your head, hitting you
again — a turning tape, a
repeating record with no name,
these twisting wire rhythms
spliced with telegram interruptions,
vanish without a trace
or hesitation till no one knows
what’s missing, like footprints
in the snow that were left
with deft and careful crispness
and impounded, heart-arresting
with lightest footbeats.
Ring out the lighter wingbeats
of the twirling snowflakes
and gravest imitations that
come to cover your tracks —
stop in your tracks
to prostrate yourself at the altar
of criminal intentions and
and give thanks
while churchbells toll.
This poem, compared to some of the others I’ve written, might strike you as a little difficult to understand — the meaning might not be clear right away. I’ll give you a hint: it’s a poem about getting away with it.
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