by b. l. pawelek

when the snow
lays down on the fields
and the trees stretch
their dark hands
longer across the ground
the snow reflects
the sun’s purity

a brief sincerity

as the wind blows
flakes dance
in their few months
of child happiness

this brief caplet of time
simply a pill swallowed
the reflective beauty
of virginity on a white land
until the sun melts us all

b. l. pawelek grew up in western New York and has lived and hiked throughout the United States, Canada and Far East Asia. Influenced mainly by Edward Abbey and Charles Bukowski, he has had writing and photographs published in dozens of publications throughout the country (Silent Voices, HazMat Review, Luna Negra). He earned his MA in English (Literature) from Loyola Marymount University, where he won the LMU Graduate Poetry Award for three straight years (1998-2000) and the LMU Graduate Fiction Award (1999). Current writing projects include a non-fiction piece about Eddie Slovik, a travel log from the Loneliest Road (Amboy Road) and his website, He recently completed his first novella, “case 11512” and currently lives in Southern California with his wife, son, and daughter.

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