If I walked through snow without leaving footprints

If the trees froze forever in crystalline branches

If the blizzards endured with their billowing snow

If the glaciers weren’t melting away


If Earth were bound to her blanket of frost

Like I am to my bed when I wake,

If the snow were as light as my sleep is these days

If the daybreaks were icy forever


I woke up today and remembered my dream,

Not the first night that your image has joined me

I grasped for the walls too lost to be found

And drifted away until evening.


If my fingers turned blue and surrendered their grasp

If the snowflakes held shape once they dotted your hair

If frozen landscapes refused to unravel

If ice were still dry to the touch


I walked outside to freeze my mind,

Reclaim the numbness that shields me

But then I exhaled with fogged breath so warm,

Like smoke from a fire inside me.



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