by Carter Norman

a season’s silo
filling up
to feed the calves
of spring
scales of starlight
slanting with the wind
white as winter fields
camouflaging clouds
sky immigrants
like windblown waifs
thick as gnats
on a lawn chair’s
lonely lap
the purest paratroopers
dressing pine boughs
in virginal veils

prayers don’t rise
they fall like snow
pure white hope
safe from the heat of hell
draping heaven’s floor
under the feet of God
saved and returned
in his unknowable season
like restoring rain
to those who thirst
for truth

Carter Norman teaches children with learning disabilities and holds a master’s degree in education. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and five children. His poems have been published in Inscape magazine and have won awards from the League of Minnesota Poets.

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