What People Do

by Helen Losse

The first day of spring
& an icy deck. It’s snowing—

cars log-jammed on the
windy, mountain road,
the weak sun barely there,

people hoping to ski
one last time before they
can’t. Others in a warmer

locale now faithfully mow
grass that isn’t there—
because they can.

Helen Losse is a Winston-Salem poet, the author of two full length books–Seriously Dangerous (Main Street Rag, 2011) and Better With Friends (Rank Stranger Press, 2009)–and two chapbooks–Gathering the Broken Pieces and Paper Snowflakes. Her recent poetry publications include The Wild Goose Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Review, Blue Fifth Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ken*again, and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont. Helen’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and twice for a Best of the Net award, one of which was a finalist. She is the Poetry Editor for online literary magazine The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

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