Art and poetry by member Claudia Kern
After a Wet Snow Gray dawn light. Outside my window the whole world is lace. Upon each stark twig, needle, and branch, white filigree. Nothing is spared, not one bud. If I were to go out, Arms raised like the trees Accumulating cold, sweet kisses, I, too, would be delineated By snow. Chickadee -6 degrees Chickadee One part heart Three parts feather How big is the spark That beats in you And doing so Warms us both? Bear Dreaming Great Ursus He bear/she bear I see you sleeping In your earthy womb, Warm breath Still scented with acorns And a few late fall berries, Each moist exhale Icing you In silence. Once, I dreamed you Suckling cubs And me. The ancestors say Such bear visions foretell A shaman of great wisdom. Oh Great Bear in your winter sleep Are you dreaming New wise elders into place?