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Each evening we walk hand in hand
in all sorts of moods and weather
along the familiar curve of the bay
where scoters stay in pairs until piped
away by the clarion call of the season.

Just now, we unclasp our hands and, comme
une jeune fille,
you lift up your face to catch
a perfect snowflake on the tip of your tongue.

These evening walks, remembered, will be
like the wondrous path of a shooting star
a gift of frozen starlight that blesses everyone.


J.J. McKenna’s poetry and creative nonfiction has appeared in more than 30 literary journals and mainstream magazines including Ideals Magazine, Hawaii Review, Midwest Quarterly, Louisville Review, Chaminade Literary Review, Concho River Review, and ELM. His poem “At the Japanese Gardens” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. McKenna teaches contemporary literature and creative nonfiction at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

© 2011, J.J. McKenna

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