how to understand winter (20171226)

winter a drifting black feather
mist cry of a hawk
coyote’s underbrush bark

cold light mornings
cold twilit afternoons
shivering diamonds fill cold black skies

drop a single diamond into still water
believe you understand
cause and her child

drop a hundred and see ripples
begetting and interfering until
it is impossible to count

where each strand of the net
intersects and you truly
understand that you do not understand

better to watch the frost
on the grass melt in weak sunlight
better to put on a warm jacket