Ice whirling in our face. Snow angling side-
wise. We pull our stocking caps deep
over reddened ears. Tilting forward.
Pressing on. Everyone agrees:
this wind chill is a killer. Never-
theless, the trees, bare of all but squirrels, remain
Wait until Spring, they murmur.
Then we will dance the dance of leaves. Re-
sistance will be so lovely.
Marian Kaplun Shapiro, five-times Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts, is the author of a professional book, many journal articles, approximately 400 published poems, and three books of poetry. She practices as a psychologist in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Suppose – no decisions
could be changed, no fates
nothing broken, nothing
needing repair –
would I be then? And you?
Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). A Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often embeds the topics of peace and violence by addressing one within the context of the other. A resident of Lexington, she is a five-time Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.