Early Spring by Anne Britting Oleson

Snow at the four corners,

a dream of winter passing–

flakes sifting gently down

like fragments of memories,

or of wishes for things

which have not yet

happened, do not yet exist–

each a cold kiss

on my skin, my hair,

as I gaze along the indistinct

backbone of the faraway hills.


I dream you into being,

with an incantation of what ifs,

black-armed maples soughing overhead

with the dying breath of day,

the street below a wet gray scrape

bleeding away toward night.


And you are there–

a vision of questionable reality,

unreachable, though my hands,

as always, tremble with the effort,

as the trill of a single bird cuts

across the silence.



Anne Britting Oleson has been published widely in North America, Europe and Asia.  She earned her MFA at the Stonecoast program of USM.  She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (2007) and The Beauty of It (2010). Another book, Counting the Days, is scheduled for release next year.


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